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Lab Skills: Gel Electrophoresis

Lab Skills: Gel Electrophoresis

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Part of our August Lab Skills Month workshop series. How do we analyze DNA? Gel electrophoresis is a 50-year-old technique that is still used in almost every biolab on earth. It's easy, cheap and fairly fast. From it you can tell whether or not your DNA prep worked, if a person has a mutation in a gene, and even prepare DNA for further genetic engineering steps. Come learn this basic technique and add to your lab skills! More details

Lab Skills: DNA Scissors

Lab Skills: DNA Scissors

Monday, August 13, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Part of our August Lab Skills Month workshop series. How do we engineer DNA? The information is analog and linear, like a videotape. The secret is restriction endonucleases. They act like tiny scissors, cutting the double helix. You'll learn to use these enzymes to precisely cut DNA where you want to, and how this can be a surprisingly useful tool for forensics, diagnostics, and genetic engineering. More details

CRISPR Genome Editing Workshop

CRISPR Genome Editing Workshop

Sunday, August 12, 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

Lab Skills: Spectrophotometry

Lab Skills: Spectrophotometry

Thursday, August 9, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Part of our August Lab Skills Month workshop series. Learn how to use a spectrophotometer to assay and quantify the results of your experiments. Nearly every biolab has some version of this workhorse piece of equipment. Check bacterial growth, measure biosensor output, and test your pipetting skills! More details

Lab Skills: Plasmid Preps

Lab Skills: Plasmid Preps

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Part of our August Lab Skills Month workshop series. Learn how to extract a DNA program from bacteria and archive it for later use. With Monarch DNA extraction kits from New England Biolabs, you will prepare your very own stock of a plasmid (loop of DNA carrying a genetic program) to take home. Plasmids can then be loaded into other bacteria, or their DNA spliced and engineered into biological circuits. More details

Lab Skills: Bacterial Transformation

Lab Skills: Bacterial Transformation

Monday, August 6, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Part of our August Lab Skills Month workshop series. Learn how to load a DNA program into bacteria and turn them fluorescent colors, or make them glow in the dark! This is one of the most-used protocols in molecular biology, and is an essential lab skill for anyone who wants to learn genetic engineering or synthetic biology. More details

Biotech for Coders: A Crash Course in Programming DNA

Biotech for Coders: A Crash Course in Programming DNA

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A Two-Part Class - July 24th  & 31st  6-9 PM DNA is our source code, the molecule that contains all the information necessary to recreate an organism from scratch. Instead of 1s and 0s, DNA uses G, A, T and C to program the operations of life. 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. We will also do some hands-on lab work- you will 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 . . . More details

DIY Tissue Culture

DIY Tissue Culture

Monday, July 16, 2018 - Tuesday, July 17, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A Two-part Workshop Monday & Tuesday  July 16th & 17th 6-9PM 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, Discover, . . . More details

Are We Ready for Designer Babies? A Public Forum on Genome Editing

Are We Ready for Designer Babies? A Public Forum on Genome Editing

Thursday, July 12, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sign Up for this Free Special Event! Join us at Biotech Without Borders for a public forum around engineering the human genome. For 100 years we have been imagining it in science fiction, but we are now at the point where it may become everyday reality through new technologies such as CRISPR.  The Forum will begin with a brief talk/question & answer by Dr. Ellen Jorgensen about the newest developments in the area. Then we'll run through some very real scenarios to explore the social, economic and moral implications of editing our own evolution. Food and drink will be provided! This event is held in collaboration with the Museum of Science in Boston, who developed the Forum content for their NSF grant "Building With Biology". More details

PCR + Pizza

PCR + Pizza

Monday, July 9, 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

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