2020(S09) Lecture:week 7

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Week 7 Tuesday

Project Selection Status?

  • Brief report of each team's project selection status.
    1. oncoCURES
    2. ENERGYneering
    3. TrashToTreasure
    4. Neurohackers
    5. Growth!
    6. BoostTheBody

Challenge: Abstraction

  1. Are there tools or methods for breaking down a complicated problem into simpler parts?
    1. Watch animation from BioBuilder about abstraction of Arsenic Sensor System
    2. Walk through abstraction hierarchy in synthetic biology
  2. Check out the Polkadorks animation
  3. describe system in plain language
  4. list devices needed to implement system
  5. can we quickly draw a device-level system diagram?

Week 7 Studio

Part 1: Debrief of yesterday's Ring Oscillator craziness

Part 2: Get busy!

  • Start working on your team's project.

For next time

  1. Check out the full report for the Polkadork's IAP project.

Week 7 Thursday


  • Working in your project teams, develop a design for a genetically encoded ring oscillator. Your team's written design portfolio should include (a) a high level system diagram, (b) a full devices and parts list, (c) a plan for synthesizing or acquiring all necessary DNA parts, (d) a plan for testing the most important components of your oscillator, (e) a plan for assembling all parts or devices into a final system. You have 1 hour. Your team's DNA synthesis budget is $1000.
    • NOTE: This activity features an "All questions answered" work environment. Ask questions.
    • HINT: Your DNA synthesis budget may not be large enough to pay for synthesis of all the parts needed to make an oscillator.
    • HINT: Your team may not have enough time to design everything needed to make a ring oscillator.
    • HINT: Spend 2 minutes right now thinking about all the things that need to come together over the next hour for your team to be successful.
  1. Question. How can you check if everybody on your team understands what is going on?
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