This course is the foundational course for all of the BUGSS synthetic biology courses including Putting Engineering into Biology (May), Build-a-Gene (Aug) and Building Biological Systems with Biobrick Parts (Sept).
Molecular Biotechnology Bootcamp focuses on the knowledge base and laboratory skills necessary to carry out a project in synthetic biology. You’ll be introduced to software useful in the design and planning of molecular biotechnology experiments, databases, workflow strategies, and last but not least the laboratory equipment and operations necessary to conduct a molecular biotechnology experiment. The course is project based so you will use the techniques discussed in class in order to purify genomic DNA, isolate a specific gene from that genomic DNA, clone that gene, and make the protein that gene encodes. A work-
Sometimes it seems to me that the fixation of the press and society in general on Silicon Valley and its products is not beneficial.
Well, first we'll need some backup on what people are doing in a biology lab these days. There are lots of labs that do all kinds of fascinating research... but now I won't send you off to read endless Wikipedia pages and scientific publications.
I'll try to boil it all down to a simple classification. I'll offer you one here, based more or less on difficulty and/or cost of the experiments. Of course, this is not universal and doesn't pretend to cover every possible biology study in the world! This is to get a newbie to understand more or less what modern biology is about – and what can be chosen as an interesting DIY biology project.
That being said...