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Beyond Berlin co-founder Alexander Berliner was able to attend the Thiel Foundation Summit in Las Vegas. 

 
 
This has been a big week. My co-founder, Alexander, and I split up to attend two conferences. While Alex traveled to Vegas for the Thiel Summit, I attended the SynBioBeta conference in San Francisco.
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John Cumbers
, the Founder & Executive President of SynBioBeta, did an amazing job organizing the conference. 

The key speaker of the conference was THE Craig Venter.

 
 
After receiving the C. sphaerospermum from LBL, we wanted to create glycerol stocks and begin testing the growth of the fungus for controls.
We cultured the fungus on Potato Dextrose Agar plates with a variation of YPD media. Plates with YPD grew faster and spread throughout more of the agar.