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We meet to talk and do science at Boston's Open Science Laboratory - BosLab.

http://www.boslab.org

Located on 2400 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, BosLab is your community DIYbio lab! We engineer yeast, sequence soil microbes, and generally host projects and events focused around synthetic, molecular, micro, and general biology. Come engineer living organisms with us!

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Molecular Biology Journal Club

BosLab

The Plan: A molecular biology journal club for all ages and levels of expertise. Each meetup one person will present a paper. Together, we’ll work through the article over the course of the evening, exploring its most intricate details, with the goal of everyone having a deep understanding of the material, from a molecular level, by the end of the night. That is — these meetups will be dynamic events flowing between active lecturing, questioning, reasoning, and working together as equals. More details: All ages are welcome, and younger learners are encouraged to attend. Papers will be a mix of primary (research articles) and secondary works (reviews) connected to a tertiary textbook that will be provided with the class — Albert’s Molecular Biology of the Cell. The person presenting the paper will be the local expert, but everyone attending will be expected to have read the article to the best of their ability before each session. Schedule (7:30pm – 9:00pm): October 7th — The Membrane * October 21st — The Cytoplasm ** November 4th — The Golgi apparatus *** November 18th — The Endoplasmic Reticulum **** December 2nd — The Nucleus ***** December 16th — The ECM (Finale) Useful apparatus: A printed copy of the paper or a laptop (preferably both). Important to know: The paper will be disseminated directly by email to registered attendees, please message me directly to be added to the mailing list.

Learning Circle: Introduction to Molecular Biology

Come and learn molecular biology fundamentals with us! Starting on October 16 and for 9 weeks, BosLab will host a Learning Circle to enhance and expand online learning through lively discussions and group activities. All levels in molecular biology are welcome with opportunities to learn and teach, as we will tune each meeting to participants' needs and interests. This Learning Circle is free but registration is required using the following form: https://learningcircles.p2pu.org/en/signup/boslab-1139/. In addition, participants will also need to sign up to the free MIT/EdX online course "Introduction to Biology - The Secret of Life" (https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-to-biology-the-secret-of-life-0). About this Meeting: Before this fourth meeting of the Learning Circle, please study the learning sequences "A Tale of Two Genes - Beta-Galactosidase and Beta-Globin" and "Purifying a Gene" in the units "Transcription, Translation, and Variations" and "Cloning and Analyzing a Gene", respectively, of the "Introduction to Biology - The Secret of Life" online course. Learning Circle Organization: Learning Circles are free, facilitated study groups for learners who want to take online courses, together and in person. More information about Learning Circles can be found on the P2PU website: https://www.p2pu.org/en/. During this Learning Circle, we will study units 5 through 7, focused on molecular biology, from the MIT/EdX course "Introduction to Biology - The Secret of Life" (https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-to-biology-the-secret-of-life-0). Participants will meet biweekly on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 pm at BosLab (10 Harvey Street, Cambridge, MA 02140). They should also prepare before each meeting by studying the corresponding section of the online course, indicated in the schedule below, which represents 2-3 hours of personal work per week. The plan for each meeting will be posted on the Learning Circle's pad: https://annuel.framapad.org/p/learningcircle-molbio?lang=en. Learning Circle Prerequisites: Having completed units 1 through 4, focused on Biochemistry and Genetics, of the "Introduction to Biology - The Secret of Life" online course is recommended to participate in this Learning Circle but all levels of experience in molecular biology are welcome. In the spirit of Learning Circles, we will organize group learning activities which will give opportunities for more advanced participants to help beginners and for everyone to improve their understanding of biology, in a friendly and low-pressure environment. Learning Circle Schedule: Wednesday 10/16: Introduction Wednesday 10/30: DNA as the Hereditary Material, Central Dogma - DNA Replication Wednesday 11/13: Central Dogma - Transcription and Translation, Variations on the Central Dogma Wednesday 11/20: A Tale of Two Genes - Beta-Galactosidase and Beta-Globin, Purifying a Gene Wednesday 12/11: Finding a Specific Gene in the Library, Analyzing a Gene What to bring: Please, bring a laptop if you have one.

Molecular Biology Journal Club

BosLab

The Plan: A molecular biology journal club for all ages and levels of expertise. Each meetup one person will present a paper. Together, we’ll work through the article over the course of the evening, exploring its most intricate details, with the goal of everyone having a deep understanding of the material, from a molecular level, by the end of the night. That is — these meetups will be dynamic events flowing between active lecturing, questioning, reasoning, and working together as equals. More details: All ages are welcome, and younger learners are encouraged to attend. Papers will be a mix of primary (research articles) and secondary works (reviews) connected to a tertiary textbook that will be provided with the class — Albert’s Molecular Biology of the Cell. The person presenting the paper will be the local expert, but everyone attending will be expected to have read the article to the best of their ability before each session. Schedule (7:30pm – 9:00pm): October 7th — The Membrane * October 21st — The Cytoplasm ** November 4th — The Golgi apparatus *** November 18th — The Endoplasmic Reticulum **** December 2nd — The Nucleus ***** December 16th — The ECM (Finale) Useful apparatus: A printed copy of the paper or a laptop (preferably both). Important to know: The paper will be disseminated directly by email to registered attendees, please message me directly to be added to the mailing list.

Open House

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Join us for our monthly open house social! Meet with the BosLab members and citizen scientists at our lab space to socialize, talk about current hot topics in science, participate in lab demos, discuss potential class or project ideas, and more!

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Learning Circle: Introduction to Molecular Biology

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