IGEM Outreach:Synthetic Biology Word Clouds

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As a continuation of our 2010 project, the 2011 UBC iGEM team collected asked hundreds of students for their definition of synthetic biology and produced this word cloud:

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This was the 2010 word cloud:

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Looks like the same keywords keep popping up: Biology, Making, Creating, Man-Made, Synthetic, Fake, Artificial, DNA, life.

Check out this xtranormal video inspired by the answers we got from hundreds of undergraduates!

<html><center><p><a href="http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/12434771/what-is-synthetic-biology" target="_new" style="font-size: 14px;font-weight:bold;">What is Synthetic Biology?</a><br /> by: <a href="http://www.xtranormal.com/profile/6969363" style="" target="_new">syntheticbiology</a></p><iframe id="xtranormal_What is Synthetic Biology?" name="xtranormal_What is Synthetic Biology?" style="width:480px;height:299px;" src="http://www.xtranormal.com/xtraplayr/12434771/what-is-synthetic-biology" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" border="0" frameborder="0" scrolling="auto"></iframe></center></html>

To help convey what iGEM and synthetic biology is to the community, our team has started an <html><a href="http://openwetware.org/wiki/IGEM_Outreach:iGEM_Dictionary">iGEM Dictionary</a></html> on the outreach wiki. We will be organizing an activity at the Americas Regional Jamboree to fill up this dictionary with the help of all attending iGEM teams! So please keep an eye out for us and visit our poster!