How does the DIY-bio community use DNA in synthetic biology?

Pop Quiz! What stores more information: 14,000 Blu-ray videos, or a single gram of DNA?

Don’t know the answer? Brush up on your knowledge of DNA – the workhorse of synthetic biology- as we discuss its role in DIY-bio. The discussion will start with a review of the tools we employ to access and utilize DNA, as well as what technologies and techniques are being used in other DIY-labs across the world.  Find us at Ada’s Technical Books (425 15th Ave. E) this Wednesday December 3rd from 7-9PM and be part of conversation.

What’s in the Biohacker Toolkit?

“Man is a tool-using agent…without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.”

These words by the Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle highlight the critical role of having the right tool for any endeavor. For biohackers, finding the best instrument for the job can represent one of the biggest challenges to participating in DIY-biology. Fortunately, we live in an era during which access to these tools is increasingly prevalent. From open source PCR machines and 3D printing to unique fabrication companies like Metrix Create: Space, this week’s discussion will focus on how the biohacker toolkit affects the progress of synbio. Join the conversation this Wednesday, Nov 19th at 7-9PM.

***EDIT : We have an exciting change of venue for this week’s discussion group. We will be meeting at Metrix Create:Space located at 623 Broadway E, in Capitol Hill.  For direction and more information about the makerspace, see their website.

Contact Valerie Sexton with any questions or comments at 210.464.7292.