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Emory iGEM: Solving Issues with Synthetic Biology

$1,146
57%
Raised toward our $2,000 Goal
32 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on April 25, at 11:59 PM EDT
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Emory iGEM: Solving Issues with Synthetic Biology

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What is Emory iGEM?

Each year, a team of Emory undergraduates—uniquely interested in biotechnology, public health, and environmental safety—presents a research project at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition in Boston, an annual jamboree that draws thousands of high school and college students from over 40 countries to showcase their work. Attending the iGEM Competition provides numerous educational opportunities, from networking with major biotech companies and potential employers and connecting with a diverse group of like-minded students and experts to witnessing the newest breakthroughs in science and technology. A truly noteworthy project might even be published in a renowned peer-reviewed scientific journal!

Each year, Emory’s iGem team attempts to solve a perceived problem in our community. Last year, we helped optimize the water filtration system at the WaterHub, Emory’s on-campus wastewater facility, by investigating how genetically engineered bacteria interacted with natural bacteria already in the water.

Our current project focuses on how bacteria in the guts of animals can counter toxins, especially harmful pesticides. We hope to show that genetically modifying gut bacteria can protect a host animal from otherwise lethal doses of a toxin like malathion, a commonly used insecticide. We have devised methods to modify the DNA of the bacteria Lactobacillus plantarum to allow it to break down and neutralize the toxin in fruit flies. We then propose that the gut bacteria of other animals can also be genetically modified to protect the hosts from a wide range of toxins.

iGEM Team at work

How your support helps us

Participating in the iGEM Competition allows our team members to develop as independent scientists, business people, and problem-solving thought leaders in our community; it provides an invaluable opportunity to grow, learn, and solve real-world problems.

The Emory iGEM team needs your financial support to cover our project expenses—from the hard cost of materials for research, to travel, lodging, and the registration fees of the competition itself. In past years, we paid these costs out of our own pockets, a large financial burden that limits conference participation to students who can afford it. To fully represent the best of Emory, and for all of our team members to attend the iGEM Competition in Boston this fall, we need your support.

iGEM Team

Levels
Choose a giving level

$20

Pose a question

Your contribution of $20 can help cover the cost of agar, needed to grow bacteria.

$50

Conduct background research

Your contribution of $50 can help cover the cost of enzyme buffers, needed for optimal restriction enzyme function.

$100

Construct a hypothesis

Your contribution of $100 can help cover the cost of centrifuge tubes we will use in lab when analyzing our bacteria.

$200

Design an experiment

Your contribution of $200 can help cover the cost to sequence one entire genome.

$400

Troubleshoot

Your contribution of $400 can help pay for airfare for one team member.

$695

Analyze the Data

Your contribution of $695 can help register one team member for the iGEM competition.

$800

Draw Conclusions

Your contribution of $800 can help pay for two team members' airfare.

$1,000

Present the Findings

Your contribution of $1,000 can help pay for lodging in Boston for two team members.