Here’s the introduction from the brief we gave the students:
Fact and Fiction at iGEM
In this workshop we want you to explore the relationship between fact and fiction in the field of synthetic biology. Fantasy and hype aren’t necessarily a bad thing and play an important role in the field. Many of the main proponents of synthetic biology are themselves excellent story-tellers and have managed to define a vision that draws attention, talent, funding and belief.
In the first part of the workshop, we want you to gain an understanding of the underlying science (the “biological reality”) and learn to distinguish it from the hype.
In the second part of the workshop we want you to create your own synbio fiction. This might confirm or challenge the vision put forth by the synthetic biologists themselves.