This was a great lead-in to the Build-a-Gene sessions Dr Glass had a very generous spirit and seemed to truly believe in the potential of DIY bio. As usual, our audience was very engaged (and engaging) Another talk with q and a that lasted quite awhile. No pretensions, just a conversation with a really great guy . You're welcome.
There's a bit of a backlog of recorded talks, and we'll do our best to get them up soon.
Dr Lisa Scheifele continues the hands-on course to create your own synthetic DNA. In her words
"Since the Human Genome Project, scientists have become masters at reading the genetic code. But now, new technologies allow us to not only read DNA sequences, but also to write the genetic code! Scientists now regularly custom design and then synthesize short DNA sequence and are pioneering techniques to assemble larger custom genes and genomes. This unprecedented ability to create and manipulate living organisms has opened new frontiers in our ability to create life in the lab."
In the remaining sessions of the “Build-a-Gene” class, we will learn and practice the techniques that synthetic biologists use in genome synthesis, including creation of synthetic genes, assembly of larger DNA fragments by Gibson Assembly, and the use of yeast cells for gene assembly. In
addition to lab work, we will be discussing this brave new frontier in biological engineering- how this technology is currently being used to redesign cells and systems, and how society should respond to and regulate this new field. Join us as we learn to synthesize new genes from
These sessions are designed to give a good survey of synthetic biology techniques while doing an interesting project. While we encourage you to take as many sessions as you can, each session can stand on its own. You do not need to commit to all the sessions to enjoy the experience. There are no prerequisites!"
The course has been filling quite fast. Build-a-Gene 2 sold out in just a few minutes, before we posted any blurbs. As of this posting, are still a few seats in the remaining sessions. Add yourself to the waitlist if the session is sold out. The remaining sessions will be on August 9, 23, and 30 all at 9:00 AM to 1 PM. Cost is $65 per session, free to members. If you have any questions, drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please register using these links:
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