Our good friends Matt and Nicole are about to set sail on yet another voyage of discovery-this time across the great Pacific ocean, nonstop! Follow their voyage at http://oceanresearchproject.org/ . We'll be helping Nicole analyze the samples brought back later this summer so stay tuned for further announcements. In the mean time keep these intrepid explorers in your thoughts and wish them fair winds and a safe journey.
Here's a graphic that depicts the route they anticipate taking. Notice there's a lot of empty ocean to cross from California to Japan and not many places to stop.
We are very pleased to announce our speaker, Dr David Karig, who thinks (and does) a lot about what goes wrong in the assembly of genetic components, a very timely discussion in light of iGEM coming up. In Dr Karig's words:
"Synthetic biology is poised to revolutionize various aspects of life and technology through advances in therapeutics, energy production, bioremediation, and agriculture. A major goal of the field is to apply engineering principles to the development of new biological systems. However, biological systems are notoriously difficult to engineer, stemming from challenges such as fitness effects, mutation, noise, and interference between engineered components and host machinery. Using examples from a variety of different synthetic systems, ranging from engineered E. coli to cell-free expression systems, I will talk about some of the common challenges that can be encountered when attempting to design and combine different genetic components. I’ll then discuss specific strategies that can be used to overcome these challenges, focusing on general principles and techniques that can be applied across a broad spectrum of different systems. Finally, I’ll talk about a few examples of synthetic systems from my own work, illustrating the potential of the field for both engineering applications and scientific exploration."
Snacks, soda, and libations of course.
Proceeds of this event will go to funding our iGEM team. All are welcome, but we would deeply appreciate a suggested donation of $10 (or more) to help fund our team. We really need all the help we can get. Spread the word! RSVP HERE
h/t Vince Glowacka
Note: This note has been changed. We regret any implication of endorsement, sanction, or affiliation with Dr. Karig's employer.
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