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PCR + Pizza

PCR + Pizza

Monday, October 7, 2019
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

EmotiBit, Internal Context and the Future of Augmented Cognition

EmotiBit, Internal Context and the Future of Augmented Cognition

Thursday, September 26, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Future Brain Hacking! Electrical and chemical signals are constantly traveling throughout our brains and bodies, carrying sensations, thoughts, emotions and our reactions to the world around us. Studying these signals and how they are altered by external stimuli and internal contexts gives us a window into ourselves and how we can enhance our health, well-being and capabilities in the 21st century. Come hear Sean Montgomery talk about his lab's latest creation: EmotiBit (https://www.EmotiBit.com/), a wearable open-source sensor for capturing emotional, physiological, and movement data. He'll discuss how sensing these signals from the body can be used in research, art, DIY projects, education and, perhaps, helping to alter the future of human cognition. Sean Montgomery is a technologist, educator and new-media artist in New York City. Sean's work uses research methodologies combined with emerging technologies to take a trans-disciplinary look at the human condition and examine the changing relationship between the physical and . . . More details

Genomics in the Human Body: Host Genetics and the Gut Microbiome

Genomics in the Human Body: Host Genetics and the Gut Microbiome

Saturday, September 21, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Human genomics – analyzing whole-genome or whole-exome data to find potentially pathogenic variants – and (meta)genomics of the gut microbiome are rapidly evolving fields in biomedical and translational research. These vastly different approaches to “personalized” or “precision” medicine can both require immense computational power and bioinformatics background when implemented on a large scale. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the basics of human genomics, interpreting variant calling data to identify clinically relevant variants using sample genomic data. We will also cover analysis of real gut microbiome samples sequenced using metagenomics, including identifying key players in the microbiome community and potentially relevant functional pathways. Dr. Medini Annavajhala is an engineer and microbiologist who loves all things related to bioinformatics and genomics. She has a background in pathogen genomics and multidrug resistance, human and environmental microbiomes, and engineering of biological processes. She received her doctorate in 2017 from the Department of Earth . . . More details

P235-7864.1M19 - Biotech Boot Camp Professional Development for Teachers

P235-7864.1M19 – Biotech Boot Camp Professional Development for Teachers

Saturday, July 13, 2019 - Saturday, July 20, 2019
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Class consist of three sessions, four hours each:      Saturday July 13th 3-7PM      Wednesday July 17th, 6-10PM      Saturday July 20th, 3-7PM This course is designed to provide participants with the best practices to integrate biotechnology labs into classroom curriculum. After completion of this course, teachers will have completed the set of essential lab techniques that enabled the scientific revolution in biotechnology, and be ready to implement in their own classrooms . The four lab techniques being covered will be bacterial transformation, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), restriction enzymes, and gel electrophoresis. The class will emphasize ways to promote understanding of the molecular basis for and scientific background of each laboratory technique. Participants will work hands-on in the lab to experience how the techniques could be applied to student learning and brought into their curriculum. Participants will have the opportunity to create a lesson plan that integrates the . . . More details

How To Run Mycelium: A Fungi Tissue Culture Workshop

How To Run Mycelium: A Fungi Tissue Culture Workshop

Saturday, June 15, 2019
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Laboratory Workshop by Craig Trester, founder of MYC:Most people usually encounter mushrooms only on the menu of their favorite restaurant or in the produce section of the supermarket, never having to search for and identify these fungal fruiting bodies in their natural habitats. That leaves the question, what techniques allowed humans to go beyond foraging for mushrooms in the woods and cultivate them on demand? This workshop will provide an answer through instruction of the theory and practice of laboratory techniques utilized in mushroom cultivation. Used to isolate pure cultures of fungal species, these methods are also fundamental to propagate mycelium for use in creation of biological based materials, textiles, and artwork. Working with mushrooms from the grocery and wild, you'll learn to: Formulate solid (petri dish) agar media that mycelium will grow out on Use sterile technique to handle fungal specimens and culture mycelium from their tissue   Create a personal still air . . . More details

The Future Is Fungi: How Mushrooms Can Save Our World

The Future Is Fungi: How Mushrooms Can Save Our World

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Lecture & Workshop by Craig Trester, founder of MYC: Fungi are the keystone species that interconnect every facet of life in our world. This class will highlight the supreme influence these ancient and often overlooked organisms have upon our health, society, and environment and also provide a succinct peek into the Fungal Queendom from the perspectives of ecology, anthropology, pharmacology, and bioremediation. The class will also feature a brief workshop component that teaches attendees how to perform low tech and low cost mushroom cultivation techniques that can be replicated at home with up-cycled materials. About the Instructor:  Craig M. Trester is a citizen scientist that applies biomimicry and permaculture principles through mycology to develop regenerative solutions. By studying Fungi, he believes novel approaches towards alternative agriculture, pharmacology, and bioremediation can be realized. Craig runs MYC, an applied mycology educational resource that teaches the benefits Fungi provide to our health, environment, . . . More details

Patenting Biotechnology: CRISPR and Protein Based Biomaterials

Patenting Biotechnology: CRISPR and Protein Based Biomaterials

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Franklin S. Abrams, Ph.D., J.D. will provide an introduction to the basic concepts of intellectual property law. He will discuss patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets and generally address the rationale for obtaining intellectual property rights. We will then focus more closely on patenting in biotechnology and the life sciences. The emphasis will be on genome editing using CRISPR and clothing made from spider silk protein that has been engineered and produced in microorganisms using synthetic biology. We will review some patent claims, consider strategies for navigating the patent landscape in crowded fields, and understand how vigorous patenting can spur innovation.     Franklin Abrams is a partner in the intellectual property law boutique of Springut Law PC. He focuses his legal practice on patent law with an emphasis on the technical areas of biotechnology, synthetic biology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and the chemical arts. He has extensive experience preparing and prosecuting . . . More details

PCR + Pizza

PCR + Pizza

Monday, May 20, 2019
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 101

Biotech 101

Saturday, May 4, 2019
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A 12-hour class in 3 sessions Saturdays May 4th, 11th and 18th from 3-7PM The original biotechnology class for the general public developed by Dr. Ellen Jorgensen who has been teaching it in biohackerspaces since 2011. No previous science experience necessary! Have you ever wanted to program a living cell? This is the class for you! We assume no prior knowledge of biology, and take you through the process of genetic engineering step-by-step. You will learn the basic techniques that enabled the biotech revolution, including gel electrophoresis, PCR and bacterial transformation. Extract DNA from your own cells and anaylyze it for markers of maternal ancestry.  Learn how genes are moved from one organism into another. Cut and paste DNA using enzymes and load your DNA circuits into a bacterial cell. This is a hands-on class, so wear comfy shoes- you will be at the bench most of the time. Minimum . . . More details

Would 'Lab Grown Everything' Really Save Us? A talk by Oron Catts

Would ‘Lab Grown Everything’ Really Save Us? A talk by Oron Catts

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Tissue Culture & Art Project (Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr) is recognized as the first to grow (2000) and to eat (2003) lab grown meat as well as the first to grow tissue engineered leather (2004).  It encompassed critical art projects that were geared towards highlighting the radical shifts in our understanding of, and our relationships with the concept of life. More than ten years later cellular agriculture and biofabrication are hailed as solutions to many environmental issues.  But is this really the case? This talk will begin with the original projects, follow the trajectory of the fields of cellular agriculture and biofabrication, and present some of the recent works of The Tissue Culture & Art Project that are in dialogue with these recent developments, including a series of off grid incubators powered by compost. Oron Catts is the Director of SymbioticA, The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, School of . . . More details

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