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DIYbioMCR presents… a Mystery Meat Workshop

Monday, March 3rd, 2014
DNA Fingerprints

DNA Fingerprints. Photo credit: Irish Central / Google Images.

Mystery Meat?

Ever wondered what that “meat” in your takeaway or ready meal really consists of? Still trying to track down a reliable supplier of horse meat lasagne now that Findus has gone legit? Want to investigate whether food fraud is happening on your doorstep?

We’ve been working, with assistance from Parisian biohackspace La Paillasse and itinerant biohacker Noah Most, on a “quick ’n’ dirty” DNA analysis protocol that can solve these kinds of question and we’re ready to test them out, with your help, in a one-day workshop.

DNA Analysis!

Using a couple of simple techniques and some lab know-how it’s possible to look for particular patterns in DNA, whether unique to an individual (a DNA fingerprint, as used by the forensic analysts at CSI), linked to a particular inherited genetic trait (e.g. eye colour or bitter taste perception) or unique to a particular species (Cow, Pig, Sheep, Horse, Mammoth, Zebu etc.)

In our workshop, you’ll get hands-on with the basics of the two techniques involved – PCR and Gel Electrophoresis – and the science behind them. Search for unique patterns in the DNA of your favourite (or not-so-favourite) takeaways and ready meals, and attempt to identify the mystery meats contained within! No scientific knowledge is assumed so come curious and have fun.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up on Eventbrite now! Link: http://mysterymeat.eventbrite.co.uk.

New Media Lounge in Manchester Central Library

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Last week we were invited to a sneak preview of the new facilities at Manchester Central Library ahead of the reopening on 22nd March. There’s no denying that we’ve been missing the Library since it closed for the big makeover last year and we jumped at the chance to go along for a nosey. Along with the beautiful interior updates, the Library reopens with a brand new ‘Media Lounge’, a state of the art technology suite that is home to a host of iMacs, PCs and gaming consoles. What’s more, the library is offering the space for groups who are looking for a place to meet and create! Here’s what the team at MCL had to say about it:

Lonely iMac Seeks Friendly User….

Manchester Central Library opens on 22 March, incorporating the Media
Lounge, a new space for creativity.  It will include a range of technology
including new iMacs and PCs and creative software such as Adobe Creative
Suite as well as the latest gaming consoles.

We’re looking for partners, groups and volunteers to make the most of the
Media Lounge, developing into a place where people learn from each other
and use new skills to create content in all sorts of ways: workshops,
1-2-1s, informal learning.

You could be an artist or maker, community worker, mentor, recording and
media expert, game designer, programmer, Apple Mac tutor, content
navigator, or just looking for a space for your group to meet and make

If you or your group are interested in the space or know anyone that is, please get in touch with Jonathan Ebbs(j.ebbs@manchester.gov.uk)  or Sue Lawson

A big thanks to Central Library for showing us around, we can’t wait to see the Media Lounge in action!

Mancster Con

Monday, November 11th, 2013
MancsterCon 2013

MancsterCon 2014

Title: Mancster Con
Description: MancsterCon is a voluntarily run organisation dedicated to bringing together the best of the independent sequential art scene in the North West. We organise seminars, artist meet ups and an annual convention through which we aim to highlight new talent in comics, illustration, animation and games.


08-08-2014 from 10:00 to 17:00
09-08-2014 from 10:00 to 17:00
10-08-2014 from 10:00 to 17:00

Tickets are available via Eventbrite.

So what is the MancsterCon, we hear you cry?

Essentially it’s a weekend bonanza of sequential art in all its forms where writers, artists, animators, otaku and cosplayers come along, sell and swap their wares, hear some talks, attend some workshops, show off their amazing outfits and generally have a good time.

The convention focuses on bringing the best of new sequential art in the North West and is a great opportunity for people to meet, collaborate, find a new audience, and new local artists to support. To do this, we host a variety of events from workshops to barcamps which everyone is free to take part in!

This year we’re aiming to boost our representation of the animators and indie game developers – we know you’re out there! – which we see as an important and emerging part of the sequential art medium. If you’re an animator or game developer, and would be interested in showing your work, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Manchester Print Fair 0.7

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Manchester Print Fair

Manchester Print Fair

Title: Manchester Print Fair 0.7
Location: MadLab
Description: The Manchester Print Fair is a free independent art & design event that celebrates all manner of printed design, from artist’s books and zines to posters and postcards and t-shirts and tea towels.

Date: 12-04-2014
Start Time: 12:00
End Time: 17:00

The Manchester Print Fair is a free independent art & design event that celebrates all manner of printed design, from artist’s books and zines to posters and postcards and t-shirts and tea towels.

The Manchester Print Fair 7th installment will be launching at its NEW venue for 2014; MADLAB in the heart of the Northern Quarter on Edge Street, opposite COMMON.

This is the first time the fair will be hosted over two floors, with a varied mix of established creatives and aspiring students including MPF regulars Joshua Brent, Caroline Dowsett, Textbook Studio, Lyndsey Green, Sarah Van Gough and The Modernist plus new additions to our network: NOUS magazine, SAVWO, Aliyah Hussain and students from Salford City College.


Birdhouse Press
Joshua Brent
Catherine Chialton
Rachel Cliffe
Caroline Dowsett
Ria Fell
Amy Gallagher
Lyndsey Green
Becca Hall
Sophie Heywood
Aliyah Hussien
Kathryn Jones
Jo Long
The Lab
Laurie Maun
Meat Collective
The Modernist
Sean Mort
NOUS Magazine
Jake Newton
Textbook Studio
Bethany Thompson
Twigs & Apples
Salford City College
Sarah Van Gough
Bethany White
Yee Illustration

Read more on our Facebook page

Game Archive Group

Monday, September 30th, 2013
Game Archive Group

Game Archive Group

A regular meetup for those interested in gaming and the history of videogames. Come play, debate, and socialise with other gamers.

Whether you’re into shooters or RPGs, cutting edge consoles or retro machines, single-player or MMOs, you’ll find a group of likeminded gamers here to share in a general love of videogames.

We hold regular tournaments, competitions, and more. Come and get involved!

Organised by Jerelle Coatman.