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Notebook: Week 10

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Aims of the Week

With the presentation to UCL next Monday, we have many aims to complete this week. We need to complete a first draft of the presentation, and make matching t-shirts for the team. We would like to complete our new DIYbio plans, especially as last week we managed to book a lab space for the event. After last weekends excursion to Bournemouth to collect sands samples, we also hope we will find time to analyse the sand for plastic pollution. Carina is working hard to finish her 3D model, so we will have a something tangible for our presentation, and she also plans on finishing designs for the wiki homepage and our poster. In the lab we aim to carry out curli characterization with congo red and nuclease characterisation with DNAse, culturing marine bacteria Oceanibulbus indolifex and generating a new bank of competent cells. Finally, for modelling we want to generate model that shows how irrE gene, for salt tolerance, influences e coli metabolism.

Monday 13th August

Tuesday 14th August

Meeting with the anatomy department We met up with members of the UCL anatomy department to begin planning SEM(for our degradation module) and TEM (for buoyancy) imaging experiments.
Presentation Preparation Bethan, Philipp, Bouran, James, Aurelija, and Joanne met to discuss their presentation for the UK iGEM meetup on Friday 17th and for the UCL iGEM day on Monday 20th of August. These preparations continued through Wednesday and Thursday.
Modelling - Ocean model finished Erin completed the final touches to the ocean model. From the data we've used, the model predicts that collisions of microplastic particles are unlikely, and this is something that will have to be taken into account when thinking about our aggregation strategy.

Wednesday 15th August

Hackspace visit Yeping and Philipp went to Hackspace to discuss how our Hackspace collaboration is progressing. Whilst there they messaged through the Hackspace mailing list to decide on a candidate gene(s) that the biohackers wish to PCR out of our marine bacteria, Oceanbulfus Indolifex.

Thursday 16th August

Human Practice - Radio Show. Rhiannon was on the radio show for the first time! Bethan and Rhiannon interviewed iGEM Valencia who are working on a bio-lamp.
Wiki-modelling meeting Our modelling team met to discuss how best we might present our results on the wiki - whether modelling gets its own section or whether to incorporate our results into each individual module.

Friday 17th August

UK iGEM Meetup In which nine of the UK's finest iGEM teams came together to discuss our projects and listen to presentations from speakers from the world of SynBio and iGEM (and then absolutely routed the Norwich team at foozball)