OpenPCR Build Workshop
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (GMT)
Could there be any better way to celebrate the extra day in February than by helping build the Madlab biology lab? We've got an OpenPCR kit and will be printing off some parts for a Gel Electrophoresis box too.
What is PCR?
The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a scientific technique in molecular biology to amplify a single or a few copies of a piece of DNA across several orders of magnitude, generating thousands to millions of copies of a particular DNA sequence. This bit of lab kit is used for amongst other things :
- DNA cloning
- Gene analysis
- Diagnosing Hereditary disease
- Identifying genetic fingerprints (CSI anyone?)
What is OpenPCR?
The OpenPCR is a low-cost, open source Personal PCR machine used in labs around the world. This little laser cut machine will allow us to do DNA Sequencing ('do I have the athletic gene?') and DNA Barcoding ('is that sushi really tuna?'). We've had a stab at creating our own version with bits of parts from an old computer and an Arduino (Thanks Alex!). Now we'll attempt the IKEA flatpack version, and see how they compare. We'll also have a quick update on the past month in DIYbio (We were on the radio! On the BBC File on 4 programme about Bio Security first broadcast 7th Feb) and check out the progress of our soil-based microbial fuel cells, which are getting to the point where we can actually use them to power stuff). Heated discussions to follow and continue on at Common! Hope to see you there.
When & Where
Manchester Digital Laboratory (MadLab) is a grassroots innovation organisation, based in Manchester UK. Our primary areas of focus are science and technology; arts and culture.
We support a diverse range of communities and activities – from monthly meetups and courses through to public experimentation with new & emerging technologies, and collaborating with others to deliver new, interesting and exciting projects.
Our main base of operations is a three-storey, 3000 square foot Industrial Revolution-era former weavers’ cottage centrally located in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. We are less than ten minutes walk from Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria train stations, and just two minutes walk from the Arndale Shopping Centre. For directions, please see our website: http://madlab.org.uk/find-us/