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Make Cells Glow: Using GFP

This class is the "hello world" of biotech - you will make cells that glow!  This is an intro class for anyone who wants to get their hands dirty and learn a few basics about microbiology, no prior experience or knowledge is necessary.

Adding jellyfish genes to bacteria might sound like it's complicated, but it's easy!

We will show you how to reprogram lab bacteria with DNA from a jellyfish to so they make green fluorescent protein (GFP) which GLOWS under a blacklight.

First we will learn about plasmid DNA and genetic engineering, and then move over to the lab to add new DNA to the bacteria using a chemical process. We'll grow the cells in an incubator and then put them onto agar plates.

The cells take a few days to start glowing, a few days after class you can visit BioCurious lab yourself to check them out!

Time: 1pm - 5pm

Lab skills you will learn: basic lab safety, sterile technique, analyze plasmid DNA, chemical transformation protocol

Taught by: Kyle Taylor, PhD

Class fee: $50 Limited to the first 16 to sign up!

Young scientists under 18 years old must be accompanied by a paying adult.

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