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<h1>Judging</h1>
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<h2>Checklist</h2>
 
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<p><b>Bronze Medal Requirements</b></p>
 
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<li>&#9633; Register the team and have a great summer</li>
 
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<li>&#9633; Successfully complete and submit this iGEM 2014 Judging form.</li>
 
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  <ulJ><li>Our judging form can be found <a href="http://igem.org/2014_Judging_Form?id=1384">here</a></li></ul>
 
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<h3>Bronze Medal Requirements</h3>
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<DT>&#10004; Register the team and have a great summer.</DT>
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<DT>&#10004; Successfully complete and submit the iGEM 2014 Judging Form.</DT>
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<DD>Our judging form can be found <a href="http://igem.org/2014_Judging_Form?id=1384">here</a></DD>
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<DT>&#10004; Create and share a Description of the team's project using the iGEM wiki and the team's parts using the Registry of Standard Biological Parts.</DT>
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<DT>&#10004; Plan to present a poster and talk at the iGEM Jamboree.</DT>
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<DT>&#10004; Distinguish work done by others, including host labs, advisors, instructors, sponsors, professional website designers, artists, and commercial services.</DT>
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<DD>All attributions can be found on our <a href="http://2014.igem.org/Team:UCLA">wiki</a>.
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<DT>&#10004; Document at least one new standard BioBrick part or device used in your project and submit this part to the iGEM Registry.</DT>
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<DD>Thus far, we have submitted <a href="http://parts.igem.org/Part:BBa_K1384000">BBa_K1384000</a></DD>
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<p><b>Briefly describe the topics that you learned about in your safety training.</b></p>
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<p>Our safety training covered hazardous material storage and usage, biohazard usage practices, protective personal equipment, engineering and human safety controls, and in-depth properties of select hazards, such as peroxides and flammable compounds. The laboratory safety training requirements at UCLA can be found <a href = "http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/3500598/LabSafetyTraining">here</a> </p>
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<p><b>In your country, what are the regulations that govern biosafety in research laboratories? Please give a link to these regulations, or briefly describe them if you cannot give a link.</b></p>
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<p>In the USA, biosafety regulations are provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA), and National Institute of Health (NIH)</p>
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<h3>Silver Medal Requirements</h3>
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<DT>&#10063; Experimentally validate that at least one new BioBrick part or device of your own design and construction works as expected.</DT>
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<DD>We will be validating our BioBrick soon! Stay tuned!</DD>
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<DT>&#10063; Document the characterization of this part in the Main Page section of that Part's/Device's Registry entry.</DT>
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<DT>&#10004; Submit this new part to the iGEM Parts Registry.</DT>
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<p><i>E. coli</i> K12 strain does not pose a major safety risk to humans. <i>Nephila clavipes</i> silk, which is the expressed protein product in our project, does not pose a safety risk either. Nevertheless, skin contact and potential ingestion should be eliminated or minimized.</p>
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<DD>We have submitted <a href="http://parts.igem.org/Part:BBa_K1384000">BBa_K1384000</a></DD>
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<p><b>Risks to the safety and health of the general public, particularly if any biological materials escaped from your lab:</b></p>
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<DT>&#10004; iGEM projects involve important questions beyond the bench, for example relating to (but not limited to) ethics, sustainability, social justice, safety, security, or intellectual property rights. Articulate at least one question encountered by your team, and describe how your team considered the(se) question(s) within your project. Include attributions to all experts and stakeholders consulted.</DT>
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<p>Spider silk does not pose any safety or health risk to the environment if released. <i>E. coli</i> may have unpredictable impacts on the local ecosystem if released, but this is unlikely.</p>
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<DD>We contemplated the responsibility that synthetic biologists have regarding the ethics of not only their own work, but their colleagues' work as well. Find our conclusion <a href="http://2014.igem.org/Team:UCLA/Project/Human_Practices">here on our Human Practices page</a>.
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<p><b>What measures are you taking to reduce these risks?</b></p>
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<h3>Gold Medal Requirements</h3>
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<p>We chose a very safe chassis organism to use, K12 <i>E.coli</i>. We are also wearing proper Personal Protective Equipment, such as lab coats, gloves, and safety glasses when handling biological materials. Additionally, any surfaces that have been potentially contaminated by bacterial species are thoroughly cleaned using ethanol and/or bleach. </p>
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<DT>&#10063; Improve the function OR characterization of an existing BioBrick Part or Device (created by another team or your own institution in a previous year), enter this information in the Registry. Please see the Registry help page on how to document a contribution to an existing part.</DT>
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<p><b>What new risks might arise from your project's growth? Also, what risks might arise if the knowledge you generate or the methods you develop became widely available?</b></p>
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<DD>We will be characterizing a few Utah 2012 iGEM Teams in the upcoming weeks to compare them with our own constructs.</DD>
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<p>No safety risks would arise from the availability of our product or the knowledge of how to generate our product. There may be some impact to materials industries if the generation of genetically altered recombinant silk became commercially viable. For example, the natural silk industry may suffer if recombinant silk with altered properties became cheap. </p>
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<p><b>Does your project currently include any design features to reduce risks? Or, if you did all the future work to make your project grow into a popular product, would you plan to design any new features to minimize risks?</b></p>
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<DT>&#10003; Help any registered iGEM team from another school or institution by, for example, characterizing a part, debugging a construct, or modeling or simulating their system.</DT>
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<p>We did not utilize any design features to mitigate risks. Expressing our protein causes the chassis bacteria to be metabolically disadvantaged, and so it would likely not survive in the wild.</p>
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<DD>In collaboration with the Imperial iGEM team, we worked to revive the <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/iGEM">iGEM subreddit</a> as an online forum for discussion and collaboration amongst iGEM teams.</DD>
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<DD>Additionally, although they are not yet a registered iGEM team, we provided the University of LaVerne with advice and logistical support on how to begin their own iGEM team.</DD>
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<DT>&#10063; iGEM projects involve important questions beyond the bench, for example relating to (but not limited to) ethics, sustainability, social justice, safety, security, or intellectual property rights. Describe an approach that your team used to address at least one of these questions. Evaluate your approach, including whether it allowed you to answer your question(s), how it influenced the team's scientific project, and how it might be adapted for others to use (within and beyond iGEM). We encourage thoughtful and creative approaches, and those that draw on past Policy & Practice (formerly Human Practices) activities.</DT>
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<DD>Please refer to our <a href="http://2014.igem.org/Team:UCLA/Project/Human_Practices">Human Practices</a> page to learn more about our involvement with ethics, safety, and security.</DD>
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Latest revision as of 03:25, 18 October 2014

iGEM UCLA





Judging

Bronze Medal Requirements

✔ Register the team and have a great summer.
✔ Successfully complete and submit the iGEM 2014 Judging Form.
Our judging form can be found here
✔ Create and share a Description of the team's project using the iGEM wiki and the team's parts using the Registry of Standard Biological Parts.
✔ Plan to present a poster and talk at the iGEM Jamboree.
✔ Distinguish work done by others, including host labs, advisors, instructors, sponsors, professional website designers, artists, and commercial services.
All attributions can be found on our wiki.
✔ Document at least one new standard BioBrick part or device used in your project and submit this part to the iGEM Registry.
Thus far, we have submitted BBa_K1384000


Silver Medal Requirements

❏ Experimentally validate that at least one new BioBrick part or device of your own design and construction works as expected.
We will be validating our BioBrick soon! Stay tuned!
❏ Document the characterization of this part in the Main Page section of that Part's/Device's Registry entry.
We will update our part's documentation as soon as possible.
✔ Submit this new part to the iGEM Parts Registry.
We have submitted BBa_K1384000
✔ iGEM projects involve important questions beyond the bench, for example relating to (but not limited to) ethics, sustainability, social justice, safety, security, or intellectual property rights. Articulate at least one question encountered by your team, and describe how your team considered the(se) question(s) within your project. Include attributions to all experts and stakeholders consulted.
We contemplated the responsibility that synthetic biologists have regarding the ethics of not only their own work, but their colleagues' work as well. Find our conclusion here on our Human Practices page.

Gold Medal Requirements

❏ Improve the function OR characterization of an existing BioBrick Part or Device (created by another team or your own institution in a previous year), enter this information in the Registry. Please see the Registry help page on how to document a contribution to an existing part.
We will be characterizing a few Utah 2012 iGEM Teams in the upcoming weeks to compare them with our own constructs.
✓ Help any registered iGEM team from another school or institution by, for example, characterizing a part, debugging a construct, or modeling or simulating their system.
In collaboration with the Imperial iGEM team, we worked to revive the iGEM subreddit as an online forum for discussion and collaboration amongst iGEM teams.
Additionally, although they are not yet a registered iGEM team, we provided the University of LaVerne with advice and logistical support on how to begin their own iGEM team.
❏ iGEM projects involve important questions beyond the bench, for example relating to (but not limited to) ethics, sustainability, social justice, safety, security, or intellectual property rights. Describe an approach that your team used to address at least one of these questions. Evaluate your approach, including whether it allowed you to answer your question(s), how it influenced the team's scientific project, and how it might be adapted for others to use (within and beyond iGEM). We encourage thoughtful and creative approaches, and those that draw on past Policy & Practice (formerly Human Practices) activities.
Please refer to our Human Practices page to learn more about our involvement with ethics, safety, and security.