Posts Tagged ‘DIYBio’

DIYBioMCR goes to London for Lab Easy

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Just like Dick Whittington, we’ve upped sticks and headed to London.

For the next two weeks, MadLab is hosting a Lab Easy at Clerkenwell’s The Arts Catalyst – they commission artwork that creatively engages with science, looking at links between the two.

Like a speakeasy, but with added test-tubes, we’ll be delving into the world of DIYBio with a whole heap of incredible biohackers from around the world.

To kick things off, we’re hosting a lab-raising tomorrow (Tuesday 5th March) with Dr Marc Dusseiller from Hackteria. Armed with Lego, gadgets and a bucket-load of enthusiasm, we’ll be building a shoestring lab on a budget.

Our residency will see us hosting fun-filled workshops into the wonderful worlds of bioluminescence, genetic modification and cellular gastronomy.

Check back soon for updates about our London adventures at the Lab Easy.

DIYbio joins the Revolution!

Monday, November 19th, 2012

The Manchester DIYbio group took its place alongside fellow bio-revolutionaries at The Revolution will be Bio-Based, a forum for discussing the future implications of contemporary biological research. Hosted by both the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum and the ESRC Innogen Centre, the event consisted of a number of talks and workshops. These included discussions about how DIYbio can ignite young people’s interest in the life sciences and how developments in biotechnology could benefit the UK economy.

The Manchester DIYbio group hosted a series of interactive activities, which showcased various low-tech protocols for experiments in genome extraction and demonstrated how anyone can make a microbial fuel cell using soil. There was a plethora of home made equipment such as magnetic stirrers, a PCR machine and other 3-D printed components that would be used by equipment in the modern laboratory.

As an opportunity to see how contemporary research in the life sciences transcends disciplines, the event was very successful, bringing citizen scientist and academics together to exchange ideas and learn more about society’s perceptions and the sort of research that is being done in the UK today.

A weekend (and more!) of Science

Monday, November 5th, 2012

For three days, including a whole weekend, the Madlab was a hive of science related chaos and fun as people from all over the North West came together to take part in a series of workshops and events.

 Kickstarting the madness at MadLab for the Manchester Science Festival 2012 was the Robot Hackday where burgeoning roboticists and engineers could put their skills to creating new robots out of disused toys, gizmos and mobile phones. (more…)

E. coli blues in Manchester

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Written by Steph Wright - Genomics Forum Events Manager

On Thursday 30th August I took a wee trip down to Manchester to play with some E.coli, all in the name of events research. When I say ‘play’, I mean partake in some citizen biology, or DIY Bio for those in the know. It’s all the rage these days in the US and increasingly so round the rest of the world. The playground was Manchester’s MadLab’s new hackspace and the gamesmaker (topical I know) was their DIY Bio group led by Asa Calow, a computer scientist by day, an amateur biologist by night. The session was titled Self-cloning Bacteria (AKA genetic modification for beginners) and it basically involved genetically modifying E. coli and if successful, it would turn bits of the agar plate blue. (more…)

DIY Bio MCR: The Future…

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

PCR Challenge

In the last year, over 350 people have dissected octopuses, made fuel cells with soil from Northern Quarter car parks, attended the UK’s first DIY Bio summit, gotten to grips with PCR machines and pipetting or roamed the streets of Manchester swabbing bus-stops for bacteria. They’ve seen malarial jewellery at the Microbiology and Art exhibition, quaffed beer and kimchi at the microbial picnic and bred Malaysian Trumpet snails (RIP).

All this was made possible by funding from the Wellcome Trust and the help of MMU. Shortly after the unveiling of the Manchester Microbe Map at Future Everything in May, the project will come to a close.

BUT! We are going to continue as DIY Bio Mcr and we need your feedback in order to raise further funding and make the changes you want to see.

Please can you take five minutes to fill in this survey. Even if you’ve not been to DIY Bio Mcr yet, we’re keen to hear your thoughts.

And whether you’ve been to DIYBio before or not, come to the next workshop, Self-cloning Bacteria: AKA Genetic Modification for Beginners this Thursday (30th August) at 7pm!