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CRISPR Genome Editing Workshop

CRISPR Genome Editing Workshop

Saturday, April 21, 2018
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

CRISPR is the new genome editing technology that has disrupted the biotechnology industry. Is it really plug-and-play? Are we gods now? During the workshop you will edit the genome of yeast using CRISPR-Cas9. We'll take a look at the latest CRISPR developments, from editing human embryos to bringing back the Woolly Mammoth, and the bitter battle over patents and the Nobel Prize. Instructor Dr. Ellen Jorgensen is president of Biotech Without Borders, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting science literacy and hands-on access to biotechnology. In 2009 she cofounded Genspace, named one of the World's Top 10 Innovative Companies in Education by Fast Company. Her efforts to promote low-cost bio-innovation are featured in Nature, Science, Discover, Wired, Make, BBC News, Dan Rather, PBS News, Discovery Channel, and The NY Times. She has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, spent many years in the biotechnology industry, and is faculty at Cooper Union. Her TED talks (Biohacking: You Can . . . More details

PCR + Pizza

PCR + Pizza

Monday, April 16, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come on down to BwB's regular Open Night! Pizza, beer, and Lab work. Extract DNA from yourself and amplify it using PCR to test yourself for a CCR5 mutation, or just relax and have some great conversations around democratizing science. No charge, but donations for the pizza and beer greatly appreciated! More details

Biotech for Coders: A Crash Course in Programming DNA

Biotech for Coders: A Crash Course in Programming DNA

Sunday, April 15, 2018
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A Two-Part Class - April 15th & 22nd - 3-7PM DNA is our source code, the molecule that contains all the information necessary to recreate an organism from scratch. The molecular pathways of a cell are similar to electrical circuits. How far can we take this analogy? In this class you will learn how DNA carries information, how genetic circuits are arranged, and how to start programming life instead of machines. Load a DNA program into a cell and see the results. Instructor Dr. Ellen Jorgensen is president of Biotech Without Borders, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting science literacy and hands-on access to biotechnology. In 2009 she cofounded Genspace, named one of the World's Top 10 Innovative Companies in Education by Fast Company. Her efforts to promote low-cost bio-innovation are featured in Nature, Science, Discover, Wired, Make, BBC News, Dan Rather, PBS News, Discovery Channel, and The NY Times. She has a Ph.D. in . . . More details

Artificial Cells Workshop

Artificial Cells Workshop

Sunday, April 8, 2018
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

How close are we to mimicking life? Harnessing recent advances in synthetic biology, extracts containing the inner machinery from bacterial cells can be directly programmed with DNA that encodes synthetic gene circuits or networks. They can be used as the 'guts' of an artificial cell, or used in a test tube. "Cell-free" synthetic biology has major applications for rapid design of regulatory circuits and biosensors, but also getting closer to building a functioning cell out of non-living molecules; both to guide our understanding of life at a cellular level and revolutionize engineering of biological systems. In this workshop, you’ll use a cell-free extract to take first steps in cell-free synthetic biology by designing and programming a logic gate with DNA, expressing DNA in a cell-free extract and visualizing the results. Dr. Jenny Molloy is a Shuttleworth Foundation Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, studying the role and impact of open approaches . . . More details

CRISPR Genome Editing Workshop

CRISPR Genome Editing Workshop

Saturday, March 31, 2018
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

CRISPR is the new genome editing technology that has disrupted the biotechnology industry. Is it really plug-and-play? Are we gods now? During the workshop you will edit the genome of yeast using CRISPR-Cas9. We'll take a look at the latest CRISPR developments, from editing human embryos to bringing back the Woolly Mammoth, and the bitter battle over patents and the Nobel Prize. Instructor Dr. Ellen Jorgensen is president of Biotech Without Borders, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting science literacy and hands-on access to biotechnology. In 2009 she cofounded Genspace, named one of the World's Top 10 Innovative Companies in Education by Fast Company. Her efforts to promote low-cost bio-innovation are featured in Nature, Science, Discover, Wired, Make, BBC News, Dan Rather, PBS News, Discovery Channel, and The NY Times. She has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, spent many years in the biotechnology industry, and is faculty at Cooper Union. Her TED talks (Biohacking: You Can . . . More details

Lab Membership Happy Hour

Lab Membership Happy Hour

Friday, March 30, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to explore the world of biotechnology? Join us for drinks, snacks and conversation. Get a tour of the lab. We are now accepting lab membership applications! For $100 per month you get access to a professional biotech facility, including a BSL2 facility for working with human cell lines and environmental samples. Meet our members and discuss potential projects. What will you create/learn/invent? All are welcome! More details

Plant Tissue Culture Workshop

Plant Tissue Culture Workshop

Sunday, March 25, 2018
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Many plants and vegetables you see in the supermarket today are produced using tissue culture, and it's a fundamental skill required for genetic engineering of plants. In this 3-hour workshop, students will learn the fascinating history of this technique in research and agriculture, the basic principles of plant somatic embryogenesis, and how this process can be used to propagate various plants. Students will learn sterile tissue culture technique and make their own cultures to take home. No experience in biology is necessary and all are welcome. Optional: Bring you own seeds! Instructor Tina Shin Lai is a scientist at Brooklyn Bio. She holds a master's degree from the Penn State Plant Biology Graduate Program: Hucks Life Science Institute where her work focused on improving Somatic Embryogenesis in Theobroma cacao. She received her BSc in Biology specializing in Plants from Penn State University in 2011. Her previous research areas involve analyzing the effects of arabinose . . . More details

Hacking DNA with Synthetic Biology

Hacking DNA with Synthetic Biology

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A 12-hour class in 4 weeknights: March 20,22,27 & 29 - 6-9PM What if building a new life form was as easy as Lego bricks? Synthetic biology aims to simplify genetic engineering by creating libraries of DNA 'parts' that can be hooked together to form biological circuits. This has the added benefit of making it accessible to everyone, not just scientists. DNA is your source code. But can we think of DNA as a collection of circuits and routines that keep us alive? Synthetic Biology is the science of standardizing DNA ‘parts’, much like resistors and capacitors are standardized in electronics. In this class you will learn the theory and practice of Synbio, a discipline that is enabling a new wave of biotech startups to thrive. You will learn SBOL, the visual language of synthetic biology, and how to use online registries of DNA parts to design new and useful biological . . . More details

Learn to Culture Human Cells

Learn to Culture Human Cells

Saturday, March 17, 2018
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A Two-part Workshop March 17-18th 3-7PM Saturday and Sunday Henrietta Lacks' cells are immortal. They have been dividing in Petri dishes since the 1940s. How do we keep human cell lines growing endlessly? This workshop will introduce you to tissue culture. You will learn what types of media human cells need to grow, how to propagate them and above all how to acheive good sterile technique. The basic methods for loading DNA programming into human cells will be discussed, and we will try inserting a green fluorescent protein into the cells, in honor of St. Patrick's Day.  Instructor Dr. Ellen Jorgensen is president of Biotech Without Borders, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting science literacy and hands-on access to biotechnology. In 2009 she cofounded Genspace, named one of the World's Top 10 Innovative Companies in Education by Fast Company. Her efforts to promote low-cost bio-innovation are featured in Nature, Science, Discover, Wired, . . . More details

Engineering the Molecular Architecture of Proteins

Engineering the Molecular Architecture of Proteins

Monday, March 12, 2018
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A 12-hour class in Three Weeknight Sessions - March 12th-14th, 6-10PM Proteins are the beautiful and magnificent molecular machines that keep us running, that build our body's structures, and allow us to perceive the world around us. When they go rogue, that's when a disease state happens. It has only been in the past thirty years or so that we have learned to engineer them to suit our own purposes, and to reverse damage. In this class you will learn to use 3D modeling software and public databases to visualize them. Then you will engineer a fluorescent green protein to turn a different color. You will also learn how to extract and purify the proteins you make. Instructor Dr. Ellen Jorgensen is president of Biotech Without Borders, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting science literacy and hands-on access to biotechnology. In 2009 she cofounded Genspace, named one of the World's . . . More details

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