Ask us any one question. We will publish a short video where we do our best to answer your question! If you don't have a question we will make you a video with a science fact about the project!
Want to show your love for the project? Want to keep informed about our updates? This is the level for you!
Think what we're doing is bad or that we're going about it wrong? Send us an argument in 500 characters or less and we will publish it on our website and attempt to address your concerns. Your $2 will only be used to fund research on ethical, legal and societal issues of this line of work.
We will send you two UV-resistant die-cut vinyl Real Vegan Cheese stickers. Add $5 for mailing outside the US.
The amazing science-documentary voice from our crowdfunding video will record up to 100 words of your choosing.
An awesome Vegan Cheese T-shirt, to befuddle and/or amaze your friends. You know you want to... Add $10 for shipping outside the US.
A one-of-a-kind T-shirt, designed just for the Narwhal stretch goal. LIMITED TIME ONLY! Get 'em while they're hot... Add $10 for shipping outside the US.
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Show your love for the Cheese, by sporting a pendant with a 3D printed model of chymosin, the enzyme in rennet that makes all the magic happen! (Watch this space - we have more jewelry ideas in the pipeline...) Add $5 for mailing outside the US.
Like our cool cheese-in-a-flask logo? Here's some earrings just for you! Add $5 for mailing outside the US.
A necklace with a 3D printed model chymosin, the enzyme in rennet that makes all the magic happen - in gold plated steel! Looks and feels like a gold nugget - but you know better... Add $5 for mailing outside the US.
Do you love protein structures? Does cheese science lie close to your heart? This 3D printed pendant includes the enzyme that phosphorylates casein proteins (Fam20C), the enzyme that causes milk to coagulate into cheese (chymosin), and the Kappa casein itself. Add $5 for mailing outside the US.
Are you a biohacker? We will send you all of our final plasmids, show you where to buy required supplies (strain, growth media, etc) and provide a protocol so you can express your very own cheese protein. Add $10 for mailing outside the US. May not be available in all countries!
A classic white lab coat with your choice of text and matching graphic, "Biohacker" or "Real Vegan Cheese". Kids sizes available!
We will engrave your name on a plaque of supporters and permanently mount it on the wall of Counter Culture Labs in Oakland, CA for future generations to marvel at your foresight and generosity.
A physical copy and PDF of an up to date Biology textbook, Creative Commons licensed and signed by the team with a personalized thank you message and commented bookmarks for pages relevant to this project. Includes stickers.
For Two. Come to our lab and try a selection of existing vegan cheeses (mostly nut based). We'll also have wine and beer to wash down the foul taste of our competitors products. Includes stickers and T-shirt.
At least 1 hour of one on one time with a member of our core team. Video conference or in-person if you're local. Includes stickers and T-shirt.
We will name one of our four finalized constructed DNA plasmids with the proper scientific name plus your initials. There are four of these, one for each of the four cheese-proteins. You get bragging rights that the world's first real vegan cheese plasmids carry your name.
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Our team will meet with you in person or online and attempt to answer your questions or help you with your personal projects. Includes stickers and two other rewards of your choosing ($200 reward level or less).
We'll take you on a grand tour of the biohacker spaces in the Bay Area, and teach you how to make your own cheese-producing yeast. Includes two half day classes on transforming a casein containing plasmid in yeast, showing that the yeast is expressing the casein, guided tour of BioCurious and Counter Culture Labs, the vegan cheese tasting package, and dinner with the team.
We will name the world's first Real Vegan Cheese after you. We will also 3D print a custom cheese mold, and press a cheese with your face on it (or anything you like, really)! Includes stickers, T-shirts, and any one reward of your choosing (at $1,000 or less).
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We will comission a painting of you being awesome. Tastefully elegant lab-coat clad portraiture or over the top mad scientist archetype action shot. Your choice. The painting will be permanently framed and mounted in our lab or delivered to you if you prefer. Includes stickers, T-shirts, Mugs, and any one reward of your choosing (at $1,000 or less).
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We'll send you a custom biopunk-themed top hat and monocle, for your top hat and monocle collection. Also, basically whatever you want (within the confines of our budget and ability). Talk to us.
We will cease all work on this project, re-imburse all who have supported us (except you) and go work on something else.
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