IGEM:IMPERIAL/2007/Ideas/Feasibility

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Feasibility Criteria

Level 1

  • Application driven
  • Sources of knowledge / research
  • reuse old knowledge
  • novel, no overlap with other iGEMs
  • project must be approves (Ethics, Safety)
  • scope - needs to be functional in 9 weeks

Level 2

  • Application has to be low cost
  • has to be portable
  • safe, no contamination
  • inspire confidence in synthetic biology
  • must have a contingency
  • use parts in registry
  • no heavy metals
  • no human testing
  • no quantum shift (big change)
  • keep to the status quo
  • base on a commercialised product
  • budget
  • equipment

Level 3

  • based on reliable, basic parts
  • max 3 components
  • well documented
  • easily modelled
  • limited to college grounds
  • restricted booking
  • easy learning curve

Level 4

  • well characterised biobricks and chassis
  • use PoPS

Tree Structure

Criterion 1: Project Must Be Application driven

    • Application has to be low cost
    • has to be portable
    • safe, no contamination
    • inspire confidence in synthetic biology
    • must have a contingency

Criterion 2: Project Must Generate Research

    • HRP
      • information processing
        • sensors
        • cleanup
    • must generate data and analysis
    • must generate documentation

Criterion 3: Project Must Reuse Available Sources of Knowledge

    • Literature must be available
    • use parts in registry or past iGEM projects
      • based on reliable, basic parts
        • well characterised biobricks and chassis
      • avoid composite systems
      • standards adherence
        • use PoPS
    • Analogous system ourside synthetic biology

Criterion 4: Project Must Be Novel (no overlap with past iGEMS)

    • must not copy past iGEMs or be similar to them
    • must not have been done outside iGEM either (but can do something that has been attempted but failed)

Criterion 5: Project must be approved, Safety & Ethics

    • Imperial College regulations must be satisfied
      • no heavy metals
    • Ethical requirements must be satisfied
      • no human testing
    • legal requirements must be satisfied
    • Safety

Criterion 6: Project Has Constraints on its Scope

    • needs to be functional in 9 weeks
    • no quantum shift (big change)
      • max 3 components
      • well documented
      • easily modelled
    • keep to the status quo
    • base on a commercialised product
    • budget
    • equipment
      • limited to college grounds
      • restricted booking
      • easy learning curve

focus on engineering not science

make something work well - performance.

no exotic protocol requirements