• Weekly BioCurious CCL Pandemic Chat

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    This is a weekly zoom call hosted by the Counter Culture Labs and BioCurious communities, for anyone interested in reviewing the week's science and news on COVID-19. Plus guest stars monkeypox, Ebola, RSV and influenza. We welcome your questions and are happy to discuss any articles or news you may have found.

  • Synthetic Biology, Biohacking and Cheese - Real Vegan Cheese Admin Meeting

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    The Real Vegan Cheese (https://realvegancheese.org/) project is an award-winning collaboration between Counter Culture Labs and our sister lab BioCurious (http://www.biocurious.org/) in Sunnyvale, to make real cheese without using any animals!

    Real Vegan Cheese is a not a cheese substitute! It all starts with regular old baker's yeast. Through synthetic biology, we engineer our yeast to become milk-protein factories. Our milk proteins are then combined with water and vegan oil to make Vegan Milk which is ultimately converted into Real Vegan Cheese through standard cheese-making processes - just like cheese made from cow or goat milk!

    We alternate Admin and Science meetups every other week. This week will be an Admin meeting, so expect to talk about website design, business plans, improving our outreach efforts on social media, and more. Want more science instead, then join us next week.

    Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all public meetings are shifting to ONLINE-ONLY. Please sign in on Meetup to see the Zoom connection info.

  • Kombucha Genomics Community Project

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    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 run this project in collaboration with our friends at Counter Culture Labs and other community labs around the world. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all BioCurious public meetings are shifting to ONLINE-ONLY. Please sign up for this free event on Meetup to see the Zoom connection info.

  • Grants Working Group

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    This will be a monthly short meetup to discuss, research, and write grants for BioCurious and the community projects hosted at BioCurious. We will be looking for volunteers to help with these efforts who want to learn more about how the grant process works.

  • Bioprinter Community Project Night

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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.

  • Molluscan Mysteries - studing Oysers and Cuttlefish

    Online event

    Every other Friday at 7:00pm online

    Meetings will be hosted ONLINE

    Molluscan Mysteries: Began as studying the RNA Editing capabilities of the dwarf cuttlefish along with their basic biology and has now grown to a study of oysters.

    This is an ongoing meeting of a group of citizen scientists that aim to dive deep into the genome of Sepia bandensis (dwarf cuttlefish). Our plan is to perform genome and transcriptome analysis of this species, ultimately leading to the identification of highly edited RNA transcripts. We hope to leave with a clear picture of experimental design but we hope to find a correlation between changing environmental conditions and RNA editing capabilities. For added fun, the edited proteins can be expressed and analyzed for structure and function!

    In addition to studing the genome of the cuttlefish, we are exploring their basic biology and how to create cell lines.

    THIS COMMUNITY PROJECT IS OPEN TO: all community members seeking to dive deep into genome/transcriptome analysis. Attendees must be middle school aged or older.

    If you have bioinformatics or cuttle wranglin' experience or experience setting up and managing a reef tank, your participation would be greatly valued!

  • Weekly BioCurious CCL Pandemic Chat

    Online event

    This is a weekly zoom call hosted by the Counter Culture Labs and BioCurious communities, for anyone interested in reviewing the week's science and news on COVID-19. Plus guest stars monkeypox, Ebola, RSV and influenza. We welcome your questions and are happy to discuss any articles or news you may have found.

  • Synthetic Biology, Biohacking & Cheese - Real Vegan Cheese Science Night

    The Real Vegan Cheese (https://realvegancheese.org/) project is an award-winning collaboration between Counter Culture Labs and our sister lab BioCurious (http://www.biocurious.org/) in Sunnyvale, to make real cheese without using any animals!

    Real Vegan Cheese is a not a cheese substitute! It all starts with regular old baker's yeast. Through synthetic biology, we engineer our yeast to become milk-protein factories. Our milk proteins are then combined with water and vegan oil to make Vegan Milk which is ultimately converted into Real Vegan Cheese through standard cheese-making processes - just like cheese made from cow or goat milk!

    We alternate Admin and Science meetups every other week. This week will be a Science meeting, so expect to talk ranging from cheese proteins, how Lactobacilli create that cheesy flavor, physicochemical properties of different mammalian milks, evolutionary genomics of the casein gene cluster in Narwhal, and the imaginary phylogeny of unicorns! Want to join our Admin meetings as well? Signup to join us!

    Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all public meetings have shifted to ONLINE-ONLY. Please sign in on Meetup to see the Zoom connection info.

  • CRISPR editing of human cells- New Community Project

    3108 Patrick Henry Dr

    This community project will use CRISPR to edit the DNA of human cell lines. We will meet every week on Wednesday at 7 PM. During the first meeting, we will identify which gene we want to knock out and identify the appropriate cell line to make the knockout. In subsequent weeks, we will make CRISPR guide RNAs, clone them into a mammalian expression vector, and then transfect CAS9 with the guide RNA into human cells. The cell lines we generate will be open source and available for any community lab or project.

    You do not need any prior experience or knowledge to join. This community project will primarily take place in the laboratory. You must wear close-toed shoes to go into the lab.