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TUDelft - Leiden iGEM 2012

Week 23
On Tuesday we ordered the constructs that we designed to let them synthesize. An exciting moment! Last check: are all the illegal restriction sites removed, is the gene in frame, is it codon-optimized, do we have the prefix and the suffix... yes? GO!

Week 23
The diffusion model is complete and will be adapted according to the experiment design. The biochemical model structure has been designed, the modellers will be busy trying to fit the model to data this week and replicate the pheromone response The Bioinformatics model for checking the ligand binding is in it's design phase, we are hoping to get it ready in three weeks time
The reduced model of the pathway is complete and the responses are similar to those obtained from the paper. The next week will be spent doing some analysis of the model and then look to incorporate stochasticity into the model
Week 32
Last week the structural modeling got a nice boost! A member of the SARA institute helped us out in setting up Virtual Machines to execute our Molecular Dynamics Simulations. With the results of these simulations, certain point-mutations in the DNA sequence of the receptor and specific chemicals, we will be able to determine how the ligand will be docked in the niacin receptor. From there, we might be able to engineer a receptor with higher affinity for our ligand.

Week 22
2-6-2012 Eftychia, Yifan and Mark representing our group partipate at De Nacht van Kunst & Wetenschap!!! It was great experience. We had 3 games: "smelling game" where people had to guess each odor and write down their predictions, the "lego receptor" showing how the receptor can match only with a specific molecule and one more game showing the fluorescence produced when a compound comes in contact with yeast. It was so exciting that more and more people were willing to know more about our project!
Week 23
This Monday Esengul, Marcel and Sietske traveled to the south of the country to go to the opening of the Biobased Kidshouse at the Floriade. We did a workshop with the children where they could make a necklace with their own DNA in it. It was a very, very rainy day but the faces of the children when they saw their own DNA precipitate, was all worth it!
Week 28
Our first real week! We are working on our Llowlab plan, which is a part of Lowlands where the theme is 'FASTEN YOUR FUTURE!' it is a floating laboratory where Lowlands provides a stage for sustainable initiatives, new techniques and vigorous discussions. So we are going to show them Synthetic Biology! And with a estimated amount of visitors at 45.000 for Lowlands, it must be a big success! For more info on Llowlab you can go to: This week we also got contacted by Discovery Festival if we were interested to show SynBio to the society! So we contacted all the other teams in the Netherlands, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Wageningen & Groningen and arranged a meeting for next week to talk about this! Discovery Festival is held in three cities (Eindhoven, Rotterdam & Amsterdam) with approximately 2000 visitors for Eindhoven & Rotterdam and 1500 for Amsterdam). There is music, art & science! For more information:
Week 29
Our second summer holiday week of iGEM! This week we had the first Discovery Festival meeting with delegates of all the iGEM teams and Miranda who is one of the organizers of Discovery Amsterdam. Everybody was very enthusiastic and we are all going to report back to ours teams to see if they like it too! We hope it becomes a nice collaboration!
Week 30
Good news! All the teams like it so we are going ahead with Discovery Festival! Next week there will be a meeting again!
Week 31
Check out the logo that Lizah prepared this week for our team that will participate in LowLabs!!

Week 32
We are really working on our Llowlab project now! It has to finished since we are leaving on thursday next week. It's a lot of sawing, sanding, painting! On Wednesday we had another Discovery Meeting and we made a plan! How exciting! We hope the public likes it too! But for now every team in the Netherlands has taken on a part and goes to research the cost/amount of time and things like that! On friday we had a nice dutch friday-afternoon-drink, we played darts, had a drink and really enjoyed ourselves! You might have seen some nice pictures on facebook, like the dart the Isabelle threw in the bulls eye, unfortunately her next to throws ended up next to the dartboard..
Week 33
There is a little bit of stress now ending the Llowlab game! Some mistakes have been made with painting and the spray paint stopped while working on the last few blocks! Wednesday Menno and Mark were working on the game until half past 8! But it all turned out well and thursday we'll leave at noon to Biddinghuizen, were Llowlab will take place.