Team:Queens Canada/Notebook/Week7


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Notebook - Week 7

Protocol Content

Monday July 11

Today we split into various groups and continued researching on our respective topics, such as non-biobrick parts (specifically today was working on potential synthesis pathways) and potential fusion standards. In the afternoon, we continued researching the same topics we did in the morning, while Kevin and Phillip had an interview with the local newspaper, Kingston This Week. Phillip and Kevin also updated the team website, with this year's content.

Tuesday July 12

Today we again split into various groups and researched our different topics with a particular focus on applications of our project today. We also spent a lot of time doing sponsorship today, and we got our first sponsorship deal! *Insert Fanfare here*. From the Queen's Chemical Engineering department. Phillip also spent a lot of time today working on the wiki, finally getting a clear picture of the navigation menus on the site. Kevin and Faisal had a meeting with one of our advisors, Dr. Campbell, to discuss modelling the chimeric flagellin. We also uploaded the majority of the pictures that we had from yesterday's SynthetiQ work (thanks to Beini for the captions), and while Kevin skyped the inspiration behind SynthetiQ: John Bohannan!

Wednesday July 13

In preparation for the arrival of our primers, which are due to arrive tomorrow, we spent most of our day researching PCR techniques and protocols. In particular, we researched PCR troubleshooting, in case anything goes wrong, which hopefully it will not. During lunch, we went to a workshop in which we received a list of things to make work more fun (if that's even possible), and Andrew hopes to do them all before summer end. In the afternoon, we met with our professors in order to both discuss our progress as well as getting more information on the financial side of our project