In our project, the following key words are involved: "virus", "cancer", "synthetic biology". Around these key words, we organized a variety of popular education activities.

Movie viewing salon


We held five movie viewing salons at Peking University Health Science Center, focusing on the two key words "cancer" and "virus." During the activity, we screened movies related to influenza virus and cancer, and engaged in discussions with the students regarding the content and their experience of the movies. Moreover, we shared the biological knowledge depicted in the movies with the students after the screenings.

Implementation Cancer

In the first movie viewing salon, we watched the heartfelt movie "The Bucket List" (USA). Cole and Carter meet due to their shared experience with cancer, and they embark on a journey inspired by a bucket list. After the film, we discussed the cancer-related biological knowledge depicted in the film, focusing on the logical progression of "cancer induction - clinical diagnosis and screening of cancer - cancer prevention." We also incorporated various scenes from the film and engaged in active discussions with students about how to perceive death and the ultimate meaning of life(Figure 1).

Figure 1. the first movie viewing salon

In the third movie viewing salon, we watched the film "I Am Not the God of Medicine" (China), which reflects reality. Based on true events, the film portrays a struggle between generic drugs and genuine drugs, counterfeit drugs and authentic drugs, saving lives and causing harm, morality and the law, from the perspective of several ordinary citizens. The film is deeply moving and also prompts viewers to contemplate. After the movie, we shared information about the healing mechanism of Gleevk, the fictional miracle drug in the film. We also provided insights into patent protection, aiming to popularize knowledge on the topic. Additionally, we engaged in discussions with students about the conflicts experienced by the characters in the movie(Figure 2).

Figure 2. the third movie viewing salon

In the fourth movie viewing salon, we watched the heart-touching movie "A Little Red Flower" (China). The film portrays two families battling cancer and explores their different life paths. It tells a warm and realistic story that contemplates and confronts the ultimate issue faced by every ordinary person: the awareness that death may come at any time, urging us to love and cherish life. After the film, we provided an introduction to brain cancer and engaged in discussions with the students, delving into the meaning of death and life(Figure 3).

Figure 3. the fourth movie viewing salon

In the second movie viewing salon, we watched the thrilling movie "The Flu" (Korea). Set against the backdrop of a fictional deadly influenza virus, the film portrays the government and citizens' experiences during the disaster in a realistic manner. The film is particularly adept at foreshadowing and creating a tense atmosphere, allowing viewers in the post-epidemic era to empathize with feelings of helplessness and dilemma. After the movie, we explained the biological knowledge related to antibodies and antiviruses depicted in the film to the students. Additionally, we guided the students in reviewing the plot of the film using the logical progression of "before the outbreak, during the outbreak, and after the outbreak." We focused on showcasing the continuous sense of foreboding in the film and analyzed the important characters together, aiming to collectively understand the human condition in the face of disaster.

Figure 4. the fourth movie viewing salon

In the fifth movie viewing salon, we watched a highly realistic movie called "Infectious Disease" (USA). Presented in the form of a documentary, the film showcases the coping attitudes of different individuals following a global infectious disease pandemic, as well as the chaos and panic that ensue from such a disaster. After the movie, we provided educational sessions for students, explaining the professional terminology used in the film. We also marveled at the predictive power of the 2013 movie, which eerily foreshadowed the later COVID-19 pandemic.

Figure 5. the fifth movie viewing salon

Over the course of five salons, we engaged in discussions with students about topics related to tumors and viruses. We focused on popularizing biology knowledge pertaining to tumor mechanisms and antiviral therapy. Additionally, we delved into the profound issues of death, survival, and the human condition during times of disaster. It is important to emphasize that popular education encompasses not only knowledge but also ideas.

Online biological knowledge competition


In order to let students have a deeper understanding of knowledge related to "synthetic biology" , we organized an online biology knowledge competition through wechat mini program.


We collected 20 synthetic biology related questions and uploaded them to our wechat mini program. In addition, we prepared beautiful prizes. When it was ready, we put out the announcement of the quiz. Many students participated in our knowledge competition. Through fierce competition, 16 students won our prizes.


What people learn from competition is always durable.

Figure 6.Online biological knowledge competition
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Chinese and English bilingual podcast


Around the theme of "cancer", we have customized a Chinese-English bilingual podcast with the theme “Are e-cigarettes safe after all?”.


After recording the audio in both English and Chinese, we uploaded it to the Ximalaya APP for others to listen to.


Sound is the best way to convey information about education.

Figure 7.Chinese and English bilingual podcast
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The Open Day of the laboratory


In September, it was the time for new college students to register, and we seized the opportunity to introduce our project to the new students. Following a lecture on molecular cloning, we selected several students to participate in the laboratory's Open Day. During the event, we allowed them to conduct molecular cloning experiments using primers they designed themselves, thus paving the way for their entry into the world of "synthetic biology."


①New College Student Orientation: On September 7th, we applied to Peking University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences for the opportunity to showcase our project during the "New College Student Orientation." We presented our ongoing project and introduced the "Laboratory Open Day" activity to the students.

②Molecular Cloning Science Lecture: On September 10th, we conducted a popular science and practical lecture on the principles of molecular cloning. Starting with plasmids, the fundamental tools of molecular cloning, we introduced the basic components of plasmids and the operating methods using Snapgene software. Through various examples, accompanied by instructional videos and experimental protocols, we demonstrated primer design techniques and the experimental process to the students. During the lecture, the students actively engaged in discussions, asked questions, and demonstrated their understanding of genes and PCR technology based on their own knowledge(Figure 7).

Figure 8.Molecular cloning science lecture

③The Open Day of the laboratory.

  • (1)Homework.At the end of the lecture, we assigned a small homework to the students, which involved designing primers after class. This not only allowed the students to assess their learning outcomes but also served as a warm-up exercise for the upcoming experimental procedures. The students responded enthusiastically and submitted their own solutions(Figure 8). Ultimately, 11 students participated in the subsequent point mutation experiments, while 8 students took part in homologous recombination experiments.
  • Figure 9.Molecular cloning homework and feedback
  • (2)Laboratory experience.On September 16th, the students arrived at the laboratory and independently carried out a molecular cloning experiment using the primers they had designed(Figure 9). During the activity, we first explained the necessary safety precautions and basic experimental procedures to the students. With our guidance, the students eagerly explored the laboratory environment and familiarized themselves with the instruments. They actively participated, asked questions, and collaborated to successfully complete various experimental operations, including PCR, plasmid transformation, and plate streaking. They also learned to use instruments such as pipette, PCR machines, laminar flow hoods, and centrifuges.At the conclusion of the experiment, the students gained valuable knowledge and skills. Some students inquired about other related activities, while others shared their initial laboratory experiences on social media(Figure 10). Additionally, they displayed great interest in the experimental results, eagerly anticipating the successful cloning of the correct plasmid. Upon receiving the experimental results, many students actively engaged in group discussions, asking questions, exchanging thoughts on the results, and discussing precautionary measures with their teammates. Some students diligently wrote their experiment reports, and we provided constructive feedback and suggestions for improvement.
  • Figure 10.Laboratory operation photos
    Figure 11.Students shared photos on social media

In this activity, through comprehensive lectures and detailed laboratory instruction, students successfully gained their first hands-on experience in a biology laboratory. This experience served as a gateway for students to explore the field of synthetic biology and laid a solid foundation for their future studies and research endeavors.

5.The Science Popularization Meeting of the iGEM Cancer Biotherapy Congress


“The Science Popularization Meeting of the iGEM Cancer Biotherapy Congress” is a conference co-organized by BNUZH-China, PekingHSC, Peking, JLU-NBBMS,Tsinghua and Guangxi-U-China, aiming at popularizing the science of tumor microbial therapy and synthetic biology.


On September 17th, we employed a combination of online and offline approaches to facilitate the development of our program. By overcoming the physical distance between schools, we established branch venues in multiple locations and utilized Tencent Conference to synchronize the educational meeting. Through the sharing of each iGEM team, we aimed to provide more students with a firsthand experience of the application of synthetic biology in the field of medicine. This enabled them to gain a deeper understanding of the allure of synthetic biology and ignited their passion for science and exploration.During the conference, our team primarily focused on introducing students to the experimental techniques of molecular cloning. Molecular cloning serves as the foundational experimental method in the realm of synthetic biology.


Collaboration has always been the most convenient and effective approach to education. This conference fully leveraged the educational resources of each team, allowing our message to reach a wider audience.

Figure 12.Poster for The Science Popularization Meeting of the iGEM Cancer Biotherapy Congress
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Handbook of Microbial Mediated Tumor Therapy in Synthetic Biology


In order to facilitate the subsequent selection of tumor microbial therapy as a research direction of iGEM team to find the appropriate direction faster, We cooperated with BNUZH-Chin, Peking, JLU-NBBMS,Tsinghua and Guangxi-U-China, compiled the Handbook of Microbial Mediated Tumor Therapy in Synthetic Biology.


In the booklet Handbook of Microbial Mediated Tumor Therapy in Synthetic Biology,jointly written and published by six schools, our team contributed to several sections.Specifically, we completed a review on oncolytic viruses (P3-13), discussed ethical considerations regarding the use of viruses for tumor therapy (P46-49), and provided a summary of our human practice activities (P50-53).In the review section, we focused on the mechanisms underlying the tumor selectivity of oncolytic viruses, the current advancements in modifying oncolytic viruses, and their clinical applications. In the ethical considerations section, we explored the feasibility and advantages of utilizing oncolytic viruses for tumor therapy, offering unique insights from our team at PekingHSC. Finally, in the human practice section, we combined the guidance provided by iGEM with our own understanding and thoughts on human practice activities.


Cooperation is always the most convenient way to educate.This handbook is the brainchild of our six teams.

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Education prize display

In various educational activities, we understand the importance of attractive prizes to encourage more people to participate. Therefore, we have designed a variety of visually appealing and practical prizes.

Figure 13.Photos for prizes.