Posts Tagged ‘DIYBio’

Patchworks presents… Catapult

Friday, March 2nd, 2012


Title: Patchworks presents… Catapult
Location: MadLab
Description: Explore the perils and possibilities of self-exploration through hacking, home brew electronics and hands-on biostatistics.
Date: 15-05-2012
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 16:00
Booking: Get a place here.

Explore the perils and possibilities of self-exploration through hacking, home brew electronics and hands-on biostatistics.

Is the “quantified self” a new means of empowerment or the first steps towards a dystopian, spreadsheet driven vision of the future?

Patchworks is a research collaboration between the community support group, Signposts, MadLab and Lancaster University exploring the health and communication needs of homeless people through the co-design of prototype tools using cheap, open source technology.

Patchworks is part of Catalyst, a multidisciplinary research project engaging community groups and academics to envision and build next-generation tools to facilitate social change.

DIYBIO OpenPCR Build Workshop

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Bio Hacking in Manchester

Title: DIYBIO Open PCR
Location: MadLab
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-02-29
End Time: 21:00
Booking: Free, but limited.

Could there be any better way to celebrate the extra day in February than by helping build the Madlab biology lab? Fresh from the states, we’ve got an OpenPCR kit and will be printing off some parts for a Gel Electrophoresis box too.

What is PCR?

The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a scientific technique in molecular biology to amplify a single or a few copies of a piece of DNA across several orders of magnitude, generating thousands to millions of copies of a particular DNA sequence.
This bit of lab kit is used for amongst other things :

  • DNA cloning
  • Gene analysis
  • Diagnosing hereditary disease
  • Identifying genetic fingerprints  (CSI anyone?)

What is OpenPCR?

The OpenPCR is a low-cost, open source Personal PCR machine used in labs around the world.
This little laser cut machine will allow us to do DNA Sequencing (‘do I have the atheltic gene??’) and DNA Barcoding (‘is that sushi really tuna??’).

OpenPCR laser cut boards

We’ve had a stab at creating our own version with bits of parts from an old computer and an Arduino (Thanks Alex!).
DIYBio 19/10/11

Now we’ll attempt the flatpack version, and see how they compare.

We’ll also have  quick update on the past month in DIYbio (We were on the radio! On the BBC File on 4 programme about Bio Security first broadcast 7th Feb) and check out the progress of our soil-based microbial fuel cells, which are getting to a point where we can actually use them to power stuff). Heated discussions to follow and continue on at Common!

Hope to see you there.

DIYBio PCR Challenge

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

PCR ChallengeThe PCR Challenge on the 19th of April brought together a lot of eager amateurs interested in the tools and techniques behind CSI-style DNA analysis; looking to see how is it done and whether we could do it too. There are two parts to this process – PCR, a lab technique whereby you select a particular piece of DNA you’re interested in and produce lots of it (amplification), followed by another technique Gel Electrophoresis, the end result of which is a supercool CSI-style gel graph.


Microbiology and Art Exhibition Review

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

The Microbiology and Art Exhibition, which opened on the 22nd October to 10th November 2011 at MadLab, in celebration of the beginning of the Manchester Science Festival 2011.

The exhibition brought together work and cultural heritage, to the beauty of microscopic images, through the impact of infectious disease in history to the use of art to communicate messages about science to a range of audiences, and overtly ‘sci-art’ projects.


DIYBIO October 19th Meet Up

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Bio Hacking in Manchester

Title: DIYBIO October 19th Meet Up
Location: MadLab
Description: Join the Manchester DIYBio group for their regular meet up
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2011-10-19
End Time: 21:00

It’s nearly time for the Manchester Science Festival, and we need to prepare! At this month’s meeting we’ll make final adjustments to the Microbe Map so it can be presented at the Art of Microbiology exhibition, get our kit ready for demonstrating at the UK DIYBio Summit, and give the snails coaching in their presentation skills*.

We’ll also be discussing what activities might be nice to run after the festival and towards the end of the year, and any other topics which catch our interest.

STOP PRESS: Bring your old lego to the meeting and help build a lego gel electrophoresis box for DNA fingerprinting!

Everyone is welcome, to find out about what we’ve been up to, or join in on the activities.

*one of these may not be true