Team:KCIS NewTaipei/Collaborations


TAS_Taipei was the first team we collaborated with; this year, their project focuses on universal blood type conversion. As a decorated iGEM veteran, team TAS shared a lot of valuable information with us as we exchanged project ideas and discussed Human Practice progress. We were inspired by their TikTok challenges and decided to create our own version to emphasize the importance and spread awareness about vitamin D deficiency.

Our team wanted to educate less fortunate communities that do not have the education and resources that we do. Coincidentally, TAS_Taipei offered an opportunity to help us achieve this through their SDG Impact Challenge. The SDGs, or Sustainable Development Goals, is a set of 17 goals set by the UN that calls upon both developed and developing countries to create a better and more sustainable future by 2030. The United Nations calls to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure all people can enjoy peace and poverty.

The challenge calls for each participating iGEM team to create a task that incorporates an SDG goal, then each task will be given to another team to be completed. We chose to complete Stony Brook’s task. Their project was about developing a novel synthetic biology solution to water contamination that will be cheaper and safer than conventional water filtration methods. Stony Brook’s project targets Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation. Goal 6.B were emphasized or out task. They hope to reach out to different communities and educate them on the issues of Harmful Algal Bloom which affect drinking water. We shared their project to our communities including families, classmates, and friends.
After being introduced to ASIJ through one of our team’s mentors, ASIJ reached out to us interested in a collaboration. This year, team ASIJ is working on a breast cancer detection project. In addition to exchanging ideas and progress, team ASIJ gave us constructive feedback and advice based on their past experiences. ASIJ also offered to help provide resources in Japan as well as an education opportunity. We are glad they are able to provide guidance in our project. After the meeting, ASIJ contacted us again, wanting to exchange project pamphlets. We helped translate their breast cancer pamphlet into Chinese and they helped translate ours to Japanese; pamphlets are then distributed to our respective communities to spread awareness.
Team Korea_HS reached out to us after Team ASIJ introduced us to them. Our first meeting was in July in which both teams shared project progress with one another. The goal of Team Korea_HS’s project was to design a cancer-specific cell-penetrating peptide for the efficient delivery of siRNA into cancer cells. Team Korea_HS offered us to join Northeast Asia Joint collaboration with other teams. We shared our project with them and we also learned about project from other teams.

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