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Intro to Synthetic Biology Fall (Week 3 of 6)
Have you ever been interested in biology but never had the chance to do your own research? Have you wondered how exactly genetic engineering is done in a laboratory? Join us in this six week (6 Sundays) crash course to synthetic biology where you will get hands on lab experience with genetic engineering. Each day you will learn and practice new skills, working towards the goal of modifying a lab strain of E. coli to produce colorful pigments. Participants will first learn about computer-aided genetic modelling and design their own DNA assembly. Then they will dive in to lab work and not only become proficient in basic lab work but learn cutting edge techniques. Participants will cut and paste DNA using modern genetic engineering methods – the same methods used by academic and industrial scientists around the world. By the end of the class you will be able to design and execute your own genetic creations. Some of the specific skills you will master: – Pipetting – Precision measuring – Sterile technique – Bacterial transformations – Minipreps – Gel electrophoresis – Restriction digests – Bacteria culturing No prior lab experience is necessary. Some basic knowledge of biology would be helpful but will not be assumed. By the end of the class you will have gained the skill set and confidence to pursue your own synthetic biology research. Instructor: Dr. Cory Tobin has a PhD in biology from Caltech and years of experience with genetic engineering techniques. When: Sundays 3:30-7:30pm, -Oct 7 -Oct 14 -Oct 21 -Nov 4 -Nov 11 -Nov 18 (No worries if you need to miss a class) Where: TheLab, 1927 Zonal Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90033 Cost: $600 per participant. All materials included Contact Melissa ([masked]) with any questions. Register here:


1927 Zonal Ave · Los Angeles, CA


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We are a community lab in Los Angeles open to all members of the public interested in sharing their passion for the sciences and learning.

The mission of the TheLab is to make science accessible to people of all ages and educational backgrounds. We do this by providing laboratory equipment and work space, resources which are typically out of the reach of the amateur, to anyone passionate about learning. We organize open meetup days where newcomers can mingle with veterans to exchange ideas. In addition, we allow members to use our common resources to work on their own research projects. We believe the combination of an open laboratory and cutting edge research projects makes for an exciting learning environment.

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