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Come join our ongoing BioPrinter community project! Did you know you can print live cells from an inkjet printer? Companies like Organovo are developing ways to 3D print human tissues and organs. But the basic technologies are so accessible that we wanted to play around with them ourselves. We've built our own functioning bioprinter from a couple of old CD drives, an inkjet cartridge, and an Arduino. We probably won't be printing human organs any time soon, but how about printing a leaf from plant cells? Or add a BlueRay laser to turn it into a miniature laser cutter to print "lab-on-a-chip" microfluidic devices. The possibilities are endless - it all depends where *you* want to take it! Our community projects are open to anyone, and are driven entirely by whoever wants to show up and participate. This is a great opportunity to come check out BioCurious, and jump into some of the projects going on. This project has something for everyone, whether it's hardware hacking. programming, Arduinos, microfluidics, synthetic biology, plant biology, cell culturing, tissue engineering - you name it! Everyone has something to learn, or something to teach. Check out the progress we've made so far in our BioPrinter instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-BioPrinter/ We'll try to give a brief intro to the project at the start of the meeting for any new visitors. This is a hacking meeting, so bring your favorite tools: laptop, camera, soldering iron etc. Younger kids must be accompanied by an adult, thanks.
This is a weekly zoom call for the Counter Culture Labs and BioCurious communities, to check in with each other, exchange resources, notify each other of upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and needs in the community, etc. Something specifically focused on the Bay Area, or topics where we can use the resources and expertise of our community and our labs in the fight against COVID-19. Please join us over Zoom. Link once you regiser.
Developing the first open source protocol to produce insulin simply and economically. Our work may serve as a basis for generic production of this life-saving drug and provide a firmer foundation for continued research into improved versions of insulin. This project was started at Counter Culture Labs, in Oakland and we will be collobarting formally working on the projects every other Sunday. Want to be involved? Join our mailing list at https://groups.google.com/group/ccl-insulin Please join us over Zoom at https://meet.jit.si/OpenInsulin
Welcome to our new community project: Kombucha Genomics! For all you fermented foods lovers out there, this is the project for you. Over the course of the next couple months, we'll go through all the steps to isolate and identify a variety of bacterial and yeast strains from kombucha or other fermented foods (bring your own), starting with the basic culturing and progressing all the way through DNA barcoding, genome and microbiome sequencing, systems biology, synthetic biology, and more! Kombucha (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kombucha) is a fermented tea with a very complex symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts (SCOBY) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCOBY), composed of dozens of different species. It's a health food; it's a tasty fizzy caffeinated beverage; it even makes vegan leather (http://www.ecouterre.com/u-k-designer-grows-an-entire-wardrobe-from-tea-fermenting-bacteria/) - what's not to like! We hope to run this project in collaboration with our friends at Counter Culture Labs and other community labs around the world. You can join us remotely over Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/820128495 Or, go to https://zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID:[masked] . Or to call in by phone, dial: +1 (415)[masked] or +1 (646)[masked] Meeting ID:[masked] Please bring yourself, a laptop or other internet enabled device to take notes and do research is always useful.