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Real-world research and hardcore science embedded in a tale of lab researchers, bioengineering and zombies.
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The goal of this campaign is to create the first, in a series of internet videos, combining fictional narrative with technical content sourced from the fields of science, computer science, and other areas of the academic ethos. 

We're raising funds to support the... 

Scientists, Animators, Musicians and Actors
Scientists, Animators, Musicians and Actors

...who bring real-world science to life through animation

Successful funding means production of our first episode in the Antibody Evolution Machine series.

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LabDreams is about the possibility of abstract ideas,

and their relationship to core scientific concepts,

Genetics, Evolution, Mutation Virology, the Immune System, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, DNA Sequencing, Regular Expressions

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With long-term success...

We will produce further episodes in the series, and introduce new series targeted for other types of science and research.

LabDreams will grow into something even more significant: combined fiction and technical science within emergent media formats like video games, and real-world research gathering applications made for the masses.

Can you imagine a system of game-like, research-gathering tools, harnessed by a global army of science citizens

What would it be like if Science was not only sexy, but ubiquitously present in our minds and actions? 

With ongoing success, the LabDreams team would like to open its doors to publicly contributed, technically proficient science fiction. Our dream is to support free flow of new ideas crafted for human entertainment and well-being.

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About the story

The series takes place in a fictional biotech facility in Seattle named Emerging Bio. This company performs research in diverse areas from gene therapy, cancer vaccines, synthetic biology, to the development of improved bioinformatics techniques. One of Emerging Bio's projects was a secret bioweapon for the Department of Defense, essentially a modified rabies virus capable of targeting specific people based on their genotype. Something went terribly wrong during the development of the project and there was an outbreak. The company quarantined the affected area in the facility, and managed to keep the incident away from the eye of the public. Victims of the virus are referred to as “zombies” due to their rabid nature and resemblance to the pop culture icons. The protagonists of the story are employees of the company struggling to find solutions to the problem.

This first episode will introduce the computer science related concept of regular expressions for advanced find and replace features. The episode will also introduce antibodies produced by the immune system as well as the fictional "Antibody Evolution Machine" in the story. The characters will also even have a passing discussion about Stephen Wolfram's book "A New Kind of Science" and the cellular automata present in this book.

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Claire: Steve you made it!

Steve: Yeah, but I was just telling them that I don’t have a very good idea about what’s going on.

Claire: Oh well I’ll fill you in. Basically in that room there is an Antibody Evolution Machine. The device allows you to insert any protein, antigen or virus into the machine, and it will produce an antibody that binds to it.

Steve: I’m a little rusty on my immunology. Can you describe how this works a little more?

Claire: Yeah definitely. Your body usually produces antibodies to protein targets in a virus or bacteria already. That’s how vaccines work. You can inject a person with a protein or virus, and your immune system will go through a process of rearrangement, mutation, and selection to produce an antibody that can bind to the target and neutralize harmful pathogens.

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The reason we are using this machine is because there are certain situations in which the patient can’t produce their own antibody. For example, if there is a snake bite the venom will affect the patient much faster than they could ever produce an antibody to save their lives. In these situations you can produce antibody against the snake venom in another animal and then inject this into the human. We’ve tried to weaken our zombie virus and inject it into animals to produce the antibody, but the virus weakens the immune system of the victims too quickly for us to get anything useful. Our human zombies are also not producing any antibodies or recovering either. Therefore, we are going to use this machine to do what the human body would normally do. We will have it produce some antibodies against the zombie virus artificially, and then we will inject the antibody from this machine into some of the zombies to see if we can cure them. The lead engineer of this machine was Osaka Muramaki, but now he’s a zombie so . . .

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Risks and challenges

This concept's fundamental challenge is balancing entertainment with real-world information. The content is crafted to be both relevant and engaging, mixing healthy portions of technical concepts, questions with answers, questions that have yet to be solved by anyone, pop-culture references, fun animation, character development, outlandish predicaments and cohesive narrative.

In these early stages, our budget is the harsh bottom line. We are asking for a portion of the total costs to balance the relationship with quality and time. These costs supplement the production, and other sources of funding will help bring it all together.

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