|Fluorescence from iGEM interlab constructs (Credit: Oxford iGEM 2015)|
- Ratios between strong fluorescence were remarkably precise.
- Weaker measurements were extremely unreliable, but the problem does not appear to be the biology! Instead, it appears to be differences in how people use their instruments and handle their data.
These are really good news, because it means that some of the well-known problems in understanding and reproducing biological research might be tackled simply by improving our ability to calibrate our instruments and communicate about our measurements. That's hard, but it's a lot better than thinking that biology might just be inherently too messy to understand properly.
We've also published all of the raw data submitted by all of the teams, so that people can dig further into the data if they're interested and see what else may be lurking there.
And what will 2016 bring? That is still in planning, dear reader: you'll just have to wait and see...