BioCurious at The Tech

Explore genetics like a kid! (in other words, using the latest technologies...) We will explore the genetics exhibit of The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, where stations will be set up for BioCurious members to perform the following biological techniques:


  • GFP transformation
  • Cheek cell staining (buccal swab, stain, and a picture)
  • DNA extraction
  • Gel electrophoresis
  • GFP protein purification (take home a vial of GFP!)
  • and PTC taster testing (figure out your genotype based on whether you can taste it!)

We will be led by BioCurious supporter Jennifer Shieh, PhD, and her team of brilliant Stanford grad students.

BONUS! August 7th is Bank of America's "Museums on Us" day, so every BofA cardholder gets free entrance to the museum. IMAX films are $5 for non-members, $2 for members with BofA's sponsored entrance. Otherwise, entrance + educational IMAX film is $10 or, if you want to see the Genghis Khan exhibit, $25 (adults), $22 (seniors/college students with ID), $15 (kids 3-17).

We expect to run from 11am to 1pm, roughly. You're welcome to stay to check out other exhibits or catch a film, of course. The Tech is open until 5pm for your learning pleasure.

See you there!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great venue Great presentation from intelligent and curious people digging into the future of biotech.

    August 10, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Intelligent discussions though the handling of the children was well done too. Would like to see these events a little more structured.

    August 8, 2010

  • Bill H.

    Really fantastic event. Hands-on with a lot of interesting technologies.

    August 8, 2010

  • Paul M.

    Great Job! Many thanks to the team for putting this together.
    There is nothing better than Hands On to learn about the world of biotech.
    There was so much presented. Any one of the tables could be a 1 hour or more experience. I could see this expanding to a day long experience.

    August 8, 2010

  • Eri G.

    Many thanks to Jennifer Shieh and her Stanford team for an excellent event :)

    August 8, 2010

  • Bill H.

    Yes; this was really fantastic. Thanks much to Jennifer and team for putting this together!

    August 8, 2010

  • William D.

    This was wonderful. Loved the hands-on experience. Thank you, thank you!

    August 8, 2010

  • Bill H.

    Hi Jennifer; thanks for leading this!

    My preferences are (in roughly this order, highest priority to lowest):
    GFP transformation
    GFP protein purification (take home a vial of GFP!)
    Cheek cell staining (buccal swab, stain, and a picture)
    Gel electrophoresis
    DNA extraction
    PTC taster testing (figure out your genotype based on whether you can taste it!) Thanks!

    August 1, 2010

  • Jennifer S.

    Hello! If we are unable to run all 6 of the programs, which ones would you most like to do? (GFP transformation will be there for sure)

    August 1, 2010

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