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BioHacking: Theory and Practice

From the central dogma to selection, PCR, and plasmid construction!

This afternoon workshop will bring non biologists up to speed on the concepts that make molbio biohacking work. We'll review a simple molecular biology 'device template', how its constructed and how the 'biologic' functions create the logic for an E coli camera, salt detector and other example projects that use this template from the iGEM synBio competition (

We'll learn to mine the online public databases to find new genes for your project. Finally we'll apply these principles to a brief brief outline of resources and approaches for a few broader topics. Workshop given by Ron Shigeta (Bioinformatics @ Affymtetrix) and Drew Waight (Stroud Lab @ UCSF).

Time: 1 PM to 5 PM

Bringing a laptop is recommended, but not required.

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  • Patrick

    the class was awesome, well prepared, great speakers, great presentation, interesting topic...

    November 16, 2011

  • ron s.

    ok the slides are up on a pbwiki page with other resources here:

    BTW thanks for your suggestions on the class - keep them coming as we'll probably run it again next month.

    November 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good instructor/audience interactions. Excellent Wetware101. Ran a little short of time. I think it may need to be two classes.

    November 13, 2011

  • Bill H.


    November 13, 2011

  • ron s.

    I think so - its also possible that we'll do the workshop again. well post a link here soon

    November 13, 2011

  • Amir Y.

    Do you plan to share the slides?

    November 12, 2011

  • Tito J.

    For everyone on the waitlist, we're having another bioinformatics course next weekend, check it out!


    November 9, 2011

  • ron s.

    meetup automatically extends an invite to the next waitlister - checking to see if we can expand for the last 2 waitlist folks... unfortunately space is tight...

    November 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm on the waiting list but it says there is one more spot available. How do I take that spot?

    November 9, 2011

  • ron s.

    Drew and I are looking forward to next weekend. Any questions anyone wants us to look into?
    The afternoon looks like this:
    - crash review of essential bacterial biology
    - step by step review of how pGLO works
    - four projects from the Genetically Engineered Machines contest that basically work the same way.
    - review of the parts database
    - plan your own plasmid incl software
    - looking for your own genes
    - molecular structure of genes
    - a glimpse of some really cutting edge bioscience

    November 6, 2011

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