July 15 to 19, 2019
Join us for this hands-on introductory lab class and discover the foundations of modern biotechnology. Over four consecutive evenings, we'll learn about the basics of DNA science and laboratory techniques in a welcoming, hands-on environment.
After learning about the history of biotechnology and the structure of DNA, we'll get in the lab. You'll also learn how some of the most significant developments and biggest legends in biotechnology have been associated with romantic get-away weekends, surfing, international rivalry, political intrigue, and almost 170,000 years of human history (!).
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No prior experience in biology or laboratory techniques is required: be sure to bring your enthusiasm to learn!
August 24, 25 & 31, 2019
Did you know that you can now get your whole genome sequenced for less than an iPhone? And that an organism with specific genes removed isn't considered a genetically modified organism (GMO)? Biotechnology touches many aspects of our lives and is changing with blinding speed. This introductory course covers the major characteristics of the molecular heart of the modern biology era: DNA. Learn the techniques that facilitated the biotechnology revolution, get hands-on experience, and find out where the future is going in our Biohacker Boot Camp (Weekend Edition).
Learn about the fundamental characteristics of DNA and how we can take advantage of these to cut and paste DNA, making lots of copies of specific DNA sequences, or assembling new DNA sequences into a new genetic program. You will perform some of the foundational techniques of the biotech revolution, including DNA purification, polymerase chain reaction, gel electrophoresis, and bacterial transformation. Lecture and discussion is coupled with two hands-on projects: participants will purify and sequence a portion of their DNA to analyze for ancestry, and will generate their own GMO using bacteria and green fluorescent protein (the same protein that won the 2008 Nobel Prize!). The course assumes no prior knowledge other than high-school biology (and even that is negotiable). If you’re new to the lab, this is a great first course.
For all classes: Please wear closed toed shoes for the lab safety protocol.
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