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Biotechnology Crash Course

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Sunday, December 14; Saturdays, December 13,20

Location: Genspace HQ

Class is three sessions of 4hrs each

Fee - $300 ($150 for students

December Session: Dec 13, 14 & 20 (Sat-Sun-Sat) 3-7PM Register for this class

Did you know that an entire human genome can be sequenced in three days? And that all the cheese that you eat is made with genetically engineered rennet? Biotechnology touches our lives in many ways, and it is changing with blinding speed. This course covers the basic techniques that facilitated the biotechnology revolution, and show you where it is headed in the near future. We go over the basic concepts, then get right into the wet lab work. You will isolate mitochondrial DNA from yourself and amplify it for sequencing using PCR. When the sequence data comes back, we use bioinformatics to interpret it. You'll learn the fundamental techniques for pursuing genetic engineering projects, including gel electrophoresis and the use of restriction enzymes for cutting DNA. This is a great first course. We recommend that anyone contemplating a lab project at Genspace or thinking of taking the Synthetic Biology Course take this one first, if possible.

Taught by Ellen Jorgensen, Ph.D.
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