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Lab Skills Workshops: How to Cut and Measure DNA

Lab Skills Workshops: How to Cut and Measure DNA

Saturday, February 16, 2019
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Prepare & Analyze a DNA molecular weight ladder How does a scientist know how large a fragment of DNA is? A routine answer is: by comparing it to other fragments of known sizes using a technique called gel electrophoresis. In this workshop, you will prepare your own DNA “ruler” by cutting a circular piece of DNA with enzymes called restriction endonucleases that act as tiny molecular scissors. The discovery of these enzymes in the 1970s was key to establishing the field of genetic engineering. Visualizing the resulting fragments of DNA on a gel is a technique used every day in labs all around the world. In this workshop you will get experience using restriction enzymes, pipettes, gel electrophoresis equipment, heat block and transilluminator to visualize your work. About Lab Skills Workshops: In this ongoing series of 1-2 day courses at Biotech without Borders, we’re inviting people of all skill levels . . . More details

CRISPR Genome Editing Workshop

CRISPR Genome Editing Workshop

Saturday, February 9, 2019
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

CRISPR is the new genome editing technology that has disrupted the biotechnology industry.The first CRISPRed human baby was born at the end of 2018. Is it really plug-and-play? Are we gods now? During the workshop you will do hands-on lab work to edit the genome of yeast using CRISPR-Cas9. We'll take a look at the latest CRISPR developments and the ethical questions created by them- 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 . . . More details

Molecular Mycology

Molecular Mycology

Sunday, February 3, 2019
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Most people's experience with fungi usually ends at the morphology of mushrooms, an imperative skill for discerning choice edibles from poisonous lookalikes. But have you ever wanted to go deeper, down to the molecular scale? To comprehend the biochemistry that allow fungi to perform amazing feats such as digesting materials both organic and mineral, producing of some of the most potent antibiotic & antiviral compounds found in nature, and evidencing cellular intelligence by transmission of information about their environment via their multinucleate structure? Then you should make every effort to make it out to Biotech Without Borders on Sunday, February the 3rd for this course on Molecular Mycology. This course is an elementary introduction to the molecular biology of fungi, where you will learn the  underlying theory via lectures, each followed by a hands-on practical laboratory component: The first presentation will review concepts of molecules, the central dogma of biology . . . More details

PCR + Pizza

PCR + Pizza

Monday, January 28, 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

CRISPR Genome Editing Workshop

CRISPR Genome Editing Workshop

Saturday, December 22, 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 do hands-on lab work to edit the genome of yeast using CRISPR-Cas9. We'll take a look at the latest CRISPR developments and the ethical questions created by them- 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 . . . More details

Two Day Elementary & Advanced Mycology Intensive

Two Day Elementary & Advanced Mycology Intensive

Sunday, December 16, 2018
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to dive deeper into the world of Fungi, from both a theoretical perspective and practical approach? Then you should absolutely make it to Biotech Without Borders on December 15th & 16th for a unique two-day mycology intensive. These sessions will provide you with a plethora of information and tangible skills on both elementary and advanced levels. The Elementary Mycology session will take place on Saturday, December 15th from 12-4pm The Advanced Mycology session will take place on Sunday, December 16th from 12-4pm While morphological identification and taxonomy are crucial to recognize the multitude of mushroom species in the field, the importance of fungal biology and their overall role in ecology isn’t always immediately apparent. Improving scientific literacy through the lens of mycology is a pivotal step towards participating in citizen science. By collectively acquiring fundamental information on fungi, we can learn more about these fantastic organisms . . . More details

Two Day Elementary & Advanced Mycology Intensive

Two Day Elementary & Advanced Mycology Intensive

Saturday, December 15, 2018
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to dive deeper into the world of Fungi, from both a theoretical perspective and practical approach? Then you should absolutely make it to Biotech Without Borders on December 15th & 16th for a unique two-day mycology intensive. These sessions will provide you with a plethora of information and tangible skills on both elementary and advanced levels. The Elementary Mycology session will take place on Saturday, December 15th from 12-4pm The Advanced Mycology session will take place on Sunday, December 16th from 12-4pm While morphological identification and taxonomy are crucial to recognize the multitude of mushroom species in the field, the importance of fungal biology and their overall role in ecology isn’t always immediately apparent. Improving scientific literacy through the lens of mycology is a pivotal step towards participating in citizen science. By collectively acquiring fundamental information on fungi, we can learn more about these fantastic organisms . . . More details

PCR + Pizza

PCR + Pizza

Monday, December 10, 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

DIY Tissue Culture

DIY Tissue Culture

Saturday, December 8, 2018
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A Two-part Workshop Saturday & Sunday afternoon  December 8th & 9th 3-6PM 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. Working with a human lung cell line, you will learn what types of media human cells need to grow, how to propagate them and above all how to achieve good sterile technique. As a bonus, you will also use a DIY cell culture setup to isolate live cells from a chicken leg from the supermarket! 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, . . . More details

Biomess and Other Recent Works- A Talk by Oron Catts

Biomess and Other Recent Works- A Talk by Oron Catts

Sunday, December 2, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Oron Catts is a mesmerizing speaker, whose focus on the semi-living in his work gives him a unique connection to Biotech without Borders. He's here all the way from Perth, Australia. Don't miss this talk! Biomess, currently on show at the State Art Gallery of Western Australia is a collaboration with the West Australian Museum. The installation includes (mainly) non charismatic specimens from the museum’s collection that defy common ideas about self, gender, identity and individuality as well as liveness, artificiality and technology. In addition to preserved/taxidermised specimens this installation presents living organisms and technologically “designed” and manipulated life forms. It uses luxury retail design tropes to ask what kind of aesthetics should be used when life becomes a commodity or objects of desire. How do we make sense of living forms that were constructed to blur what we consider specimen, scientific tool, product and an art object? Another related . . . More details

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