We worked at the Joshi Lab in the Wyss Institute, a BSL-1 laboratory. Before beginning work in lab, we took a safety course online that trained us in general lab safety, biosafety, radioactive materials safety, and laser microscope use. We learned some important lab practices, such as wearing gloves, tying back long hair, and what to do in emergency situations, and also received a healthy dose of fear- to quote our training manual, “Blindness is forever!”. One case where we had to take extra safety precautions was when we gel extracted bands from electrophoresis gels. We wore UV protection goggles to protect our eyes from the UV light.
Since we are based in Cambridge, close to iGEM HQ, we were able to skip the hassle of shipping and deliver our biobricks directly to iGEM HQ.