It’s a quiet Wednesday morning. In the spirit of British summer, it is tipping it down outside, and soon I’m going to have to walk up to campus in that weather. At the moment, I’m working at home. One of the slightly unfortunate things about being the first iGEM team for the university is that I’m not sure people know we exist. Despite having been delightfully able to sail into research without having to tell funding bodies how important it is first, we sometimes aren’t given a room when Researchers-Of-Vital-Things need it instead. As such, someone More Important Than Us has booked room 108, and our second home of choice isn’t free until the afternoon. Maybe if we get to the Boston final they’ll donate a room to next years team. Maybe they’ll call it the Mary Beton Synthetic Biology Epiphany Room (Note to College of Life and Environmental Sciences – the room name really has a charming ring to it, doesn’t it?).
We had another work experience student with us yesterday. She’s called Sophie and she’s lovely. It’s absolutely brilliant practise for us to have loads of people to coherently explain our concept to, which is why I always leave it to Freddie.
Some unmentioned delay is preventing our last few genes from reaching us, so we haven’t been able to really get started on the core of the project yet. With only four weeks to go, I have not got a good feeling about this…