Hey iGEM Teams!
One of the things we're looking at this year is collaborating with as many schools as possible to create a definitive characterization standard for the parts registry. Because we all know how annoying it is when you go looking for parts and you can't find any characterization data, or characterization that was done poorly. We are trying to write a standard protocol that all teams need to follow before they submit a part to the registry. This will help future teams find high quality parts easier and faster.
Unfortunately, every year teams write protocols that they think everyone should follow, and nothing ever gets done. We think this is because it's written from one team's perspective, and not reviewed by multiple parties.
That's where you guys come in!
We're looking for teams that are willing to at least look at the protocol we write and make suggestions on how to improve it. And maybe if we do it well enough, we'd like to have teams actually use the protocol to characterize their parts for this year's competition.
This will not only help iGEM be better characterized, each team that collaborates with us will be able to use that for completing the requirements for a gold medal in the competition.
But we haven't written the protocol yet, we're just fielding interest and seeing who's willing to collaborate. We're hoping we get a large number of teams to help, because the more teams that help and approve it, the more likely an actual protocol will be put in place by iGEM HQ.
So if you and the rest of your team could each take this short, 10 question survey, it would help us immensely and be the first step to creating this standard!
Also, if you want to keep up with our team and our progress, you can find us on Facebook and Twitter and we'll follow or like you back!