For this part, we thoroughly considered the application of our project in the actual situation, and discussed these issues with our teachers and experts with different professional expertise in biological companies. Here are our conclusions.
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Suggestion From Professor
1. We discussed with Professor Yuhua Li, when we wanted to choose a chemical agent to induce the expression of Bax (BCL2 Associated X, Apoptosis Regulator) gene, Professor Li suggested that we could use the α-factor to induce the pFig2c promoter to initiate the expression of Bax suicide gene. In this case, α-type yeast can naturally produce α-factor, which can be recognized by a-type yeast to induce the pFig2c promoter.
2. When we discussed these questions with Professor Chunbo Teng, she suggested that we can use introns that can be spliced out during mRNA maturation to further encrypt our information.
Because we have taken into account the interception of information during message transmission, spy yeast ( the information carrying yeast, designated as "spy yeast", a-type yeast) can be induced to trigger apoptosis by the α factor of the killer yeast (α-type yeast) in the process of complete cultivation. The limited culturing time of the yeast prior to their death can prevent information from being leaked out. When designated receiver gets the information-carrying yeast and culture it properly, the yeast can successfully survive.
Through communication with experts from the National Secrecy Bureau of Heilongjiang Province in China, we learned that if our system can be used in the encryption industry, we should be as rigorous as possible in our biological principles. We must limit the equipment and personnel access scopes to ensure that the entire encryption process is rigorous enough. For example, the transport of information-carrying yeast powder and the storage of the keys should be the responsibility of different people, and each part should be accessible to a limited number of people.
Player Feng Yang
As a student who is not major in biology, synthetic biology is so far for me, but this mini-game opens the door to a new world for me. I never thought that biological knowledge could be applied in information storage and encryptions, this mini-game really helped me learn a lot.
Player Jian Wang
I found that if I were a burglar who wanted to get true information without correct primers, I had to go through a lot of trials, which shows that this encryption system has stronger confidentiality than the existing encryption methods.
Player Si Zhang
This game is very interesting, and the biological knowledge involved is also refreshing, but I think that if we finally get the sentence that there is blank instead of a string of letters, it may be more convenient for the recipient. Through the player's self-report, we know that our small game really allows players to learn the biological knowledge of our project, and experience the difficulties of cracking our system. At the same time, their suggestions also let us know the shortcomings of our case. We will use computer programming to improve our password book to achieve the effect of word segmentation.
Through the player's self-report, we know that our small game really allows players to learn the biological knowledge of our project, and experience the difficulties of cracking our system. At the same time, their suggestions also let us know the shortcomings of our case. We will use computer programming to improve our password book to achieve the effect of word segmentation.
Our project is about the storage, encryption and transportation of information, so we decided to interview relevant experts and potential users for their advice to optimize our project.
The National Secrecy Bureau of Heilongjiang Province in China
We got in touch with the National Secrecy Bureau of Heilongjiang Province in China to understand the bottlenecks and challenges encountered by today's information storage encryption systems to optimize our project.
First of all, we explained the principles and innovations of our case to the experts, and put forward an issue: how can we avoid violent cracking?
1. Violent cracking is unavoidable, so worry is unnecessary.
2. Do physical isolation to avoid any possible actions that may divulge secret information in the encryption process.
3. Rights Management. We can authorize the staffs in an organization with different levels of access permissions. 4. Maintain an excellent routine record. We need to record the times and purposes of all usage.
Through the communication with experts, we know that if our system is really going to be used in this field, we not only need to be as rigorous as possible in our biological principles, but also need to limit the equipment and personnel settings to ensure the whole process is rigorous enough.