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uBiome -- More Information && Request for Ideas!

Samantha C.
North York, ON
Post #: 1


The project that I mentioned at yesterday's meeting is called uBiome.
Here is their indiegogo campaign:­ (7
days left, hinthint).

They are based out of the San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley, but
they want their project to be as international as possible. The
central idea is that they're a bunch of science enthusiasts and
post-docs crowdsourcing a wonderfully large citizen science project -
sampling microbiomes of individuals all around the world (via a kit
that you buy when you donate to the indiegogo) - and then analyzing
them. They are going to be releasing their sure-to-be-interesting
results found on the whole dataset, and each participant will also get
a report tailored specifically to them. As was most important to me,
they will also give you full ownership of your own data, and allow you
to download, redistribute, and re-analyze them however you want.

As I'm currently the uBiome country ambassador for Canada, they've
offered to send me an extra t-shirt and sequencing kit (for GI
sampling). As I've kinda sorta already bought basically one of
everything they have to offer, I thought I might as well think of a
cool way to pass it on. That's where you can help! I'm looking for
ideas on how we could hold a fun contest for the uBiome package in a
way that also promotes more exposure and information about our DIYbio
group. I was thinking of something like either a Twitter contest to
get more people aware of the new web presence (and existence?) of, or possibly a sort of raffle that could double as a mini
fundraiser for items on our "cool things we want to play with" list.
Throw some ideas out and let's pick something!

If enough of us end up ordering kits, I think a "swabbing party" might
be fun! While I'm not *necessarily* advocating for people to bring
their poop in a ziploc bag, this would still be appropriate for people
doing their nose, skin, or oral swabs. I can already imagine microbial
themed desserts, and they are glorious.
roberta b.
user 39448542
Toronto, ON
Post #: 2
great project! the guys I know in Montreal are doing a much more general and institutional project (they are at the quebec centre for biodiversity science). this is way cooler!

I think it would be cool to turn this into a game. the swabbing party is a good idea. what kits were you thinking about? can we maybe purchase some and then try and make some our own? or would it be too difficult (sorry my bio knowledge doesn't go past ch 3!)?

I'm organizing a few similar themed events (with bacteria and molecular gastronomy), microbial themed desserts sound delicious!
Samantha C.
North York, ON
Post #: 3
hey roberta,

the kits i mentioned are sent to you via ubiome if you order one of their tests from the indiegogo page. this plus the value of having the sequencing done, the results analyzed, and the contribution to a great citizen science project, is why i would rather go through them than to try the (much more expensive) route of doing it myself. the kits aren't being shipped until ~may, so we still have lots of time to decide about the party/giveaway. however, their campaign ends in 5 days if you still want to snag one.

please invite me to your molecular gastronomy fun! i've had molecular mixology drinks before, and i want to check the rest out!
Lisa Carrie G.
Toronto, ON
Post #: 1
This all sounds fabulous!
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