As an iGEM team we organized different activities to get involved with the community. These human practices not only enabled us to bring science closer to other people, but also to learn about their opinion about our project.
For this year project, we worked besides our project in the education of people about prostate cancer. We hosted several talks where we spoke about the importance of early detection and how our project would help men to increase their chance of survival by having an early detection system. We also had an interview, where we asked men if they had been tested for prostate cancer and the reasons why there is fear towards the test.
The activity with the most importance was the SynBioThon 2016, a SynBio competition were teams of different universities from all over the country worked on projects to solve a problem chose by themselves. This activity allowed us to teach molecular biology and bioinformatics to a lot of students that didn’t know them previously, allowing us to extend SynBio in Costa Rica.
SynBioThon 2016: rewriting the code
SynBioThon 2016 (SBT16) is a Synthetic Biology competition, in which teams of students work for a weekend to create a genetic device that can solve some kind of problem.
Integrated Human Practice
For our Integrated Human Practice, we decided to ask ourselves why men didn’t have their prostate checked for prostate cancer. By doing this, we were able to decide for the best possible way of detecting this illness in a way that most men would find friendly enough.