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Notebook: Week 15

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Aims of the Week

Monday 17th September

Hackspace Day 1 - Martina, Leonard and Yeping worked with William, Tonderai and Simon. Philipp took lots of pictures! We attempted genomic DNA extraction from our marine bacteria Oceanibulbus Indolifex using Qiagen QIAamp DNA Mini Kit. In the afternoon, we attempted to PCR genes antifreeze and mercury reductase.
LMU Munich Collaboration - Aurelija skyped with Simon and Julia from iGEM Munich (LMU).
Hackspace Exhibition - Philipp and Howard met today to find a location for our exhibit.

Tuesday 4th September

Hackspace Day 2 - The hackers, Yeping and Martina ran a second gel today as well as doing PCR.
The modellers venture into the lab - Shockingly, this is Erin and Joanneā€™s first time in the lab! They made up some plates for a nuclease experiment which would inform their predictive models. Their overriding impression of lab work is that agar smells really bad.

Wednesday 5th September

Hackspace Day 3
Interview with UNCLOS researcher Had a Skype conversation with Alan Evans from the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. Alan kindly answered some of our questions on the legal aspects of Plastic Republic. This completes our examination of the ethical, legal, and social implications of our project.

Thursday 6th September

Meeting Of Young Minds debate preparations Erin and Leonard wrote a script and storyboard for the 'crisis trailer', a short film which will introduce the debate audience to our crisis scenario.

Friday 7th September

Meeting of Young Minds debate preparations Erin spent the day getting in touch with various political and environmental youth organisations as well as other iGEM teams in order to find an interesting range of participants for the Meeting Of Young Minds debate. We're pleased to announce that representing iGEM will be Lukas Harnisch from UEA-Norwich (UK) and Claire Myers from Paris Bettencourt (France). Their project's ties to biosafety and agricultural issues will be particularly relevant to our 'crisis scenario' debate theme.