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IGEM Crowdfunding

$4,244
84%
Raised toward our $5,000 Goal
31 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on May 05, at 08:05 AM CDT
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IGEM Crowdfunding

About Us:

The Missouri S&T iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) student design team uses synthetic biology to solve real-world problems. As an interdisciplinary design team under the Student Design and Experiential Learning Center, we participate in the annual iGEM competition, the Giant Jamboree, in Boston, Massachusetts. Undergraduates from a variety of majors devise creative approaches to genetic education and research while forming connections and having fun.

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Our Project:

Bats play a vital role in the ecosystems across the globe. In the United States alone, they save billions of dollars every year by eating insects that would otherwise be controlled by noxious pesticides.  A fatal epidemic threatening many bat populations has recently appeared, however, and there is no superhero to save them. White Nose Syndrome is spreading across the country and millions of bats have already died. The disease – caused by a fungus called Pseudogymnoascus destructans that preys on hibernating bats, has recently infected the local Missouri cave systems. Fungal spores are carried from cave to cave on humans, putting entire species in danger of extinction because of White Nose Syndrome. With our current project, we aim to protect bats from this deadly disease.  

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Traditional responses to fungal infections, namely fungicides, indiscriminately kill beneficial and harmful fungi, while providing strong evolutionary pressure for resistance. We are instead exploring a volatile organic compound from fungistatic soils, ocimene, which has been shown to slow fungal growth. We are also investigating ways to sense P. destructans to impact the cave environment as little as possible, and compounds that may inhibit metabolism of the bats’ skin. Our hope is that by slowing growth of the fungus, we can defend bats from the disease and give them a chance to recover after hibernation. 

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How You Can Help:

With your donations, the team will be able to send representatives to the Giant Jamboree in Boston, Massachusetts, to present our project. We have been working diligently in the lab to bring the project to fruition, but getting to competition is our main obstacle.  Your donation will cover the team's registration fee and lodging - in the process you will be helping our team bring back more ideas that will serve to improve future projects and also bring awareness to White Nose Syndrome. 

Please help spread the word! We couldn't do this without your support!  

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Credit: iGEM Foundation and Justin Knight

Our way
of Thanking You

$10

Email Updates

Receive an email from the team on how we did at our competitions and what we are working on.

0 of 1000 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2016

$15

Personal Thank you card

You will receive a thank you card from the Eboard members of the IGem team, in addition to the e-mail updates

1 of 200 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2016

$25

iGem Sticker

Receive two Missouri S&T IGEM logo stickers to go on your laptop in addition to email updates and thank you cards.

9 of 100 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2016

$50

iGEM Water Cup

Receive a plastic water cup with iGEM's logo

1 of 100 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2016

$100

iGEM Hand Sanitizer

You will receive a travel-size bottle of specially designed hand sanitizer featuring iGEM's logo, in addition to the perks above.

1 of 50 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2016

$200

Team T-shirt

You will receive a t-shirt featuring the team's logo and a small double-helix design.

2 of 20 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2016

$500

Bronze

Be recognized on our informational display boards and brochures.

0 of 100 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: May 2016

$750

Silver

Receive recognition in our semester newsletter and on our team t-shirts

0 of 100 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2016

$1,000

Gold

Enjoy some social time with the team at one of our social events in addition to the bronze and silver level perks.

1 of 100 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2016