Synthetic biology offers scientists an unprecedented ability to manipulate living organisms. Beyond simply giving cells one or two new functions, scientists are now able to redesign and synthesize an organism’s entire genome. This has led both critics and advocates to claim that scientists are now able to “create life” in the lab.
In this 5-session “Build-a-Gene” class, we will learn and practice the techniques that synthetic biologists use to synthesize novel genes and genomes. We will design and synthesize one gene, a variant of the green fluorescent protein that will make our cells glow green. We will discuss how this technology is currently being used to re-design bacterial cells and create custom vaccines, and we will discuss how and by whom the use of this technology should be regulated. Join us as we learn to synthesize new genes from scratch!
In this first session we'll discuss different ways to customize gene sequences, and we'll assemble small DNA pieces into a gene-sized DNA segment.
The five sessions are designed to give a good survey of synthetic biology techniques while doing an interesting project. While we encourage you to take all five sessions, each session can stand on its own. You do not need to commit to all five sessions to enjoy the experience. There are no prerequisites!
The five sessions will be on Saturdays, July 13, 27, August 10, 17, 24 all at 9:00 AM to 1 PM
Instructor: Dr. Lisa Scheifele
Cost of first session: Early registration $50/ free for members until July 12. Starting July 12, cost is $60/ $10 for members (this does not include eventbrite fees) Please register HERE
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