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Upcoming Events (Sunday, September 25 '16 - Monday, September 25 '17)


Monday, August 15; September 12; October 10; November 14; December 12; Tuesday, August 16; September 13; October 11; November 15; December 13; Wednesday, August 17; September 14; October 12; November 16; December 14; Thursday, August 18; September 15; October 13; November 17; December 15

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Biohacker Boot Camp

Boot Camp for biohackers! An intensive hands-on week that covers all the lab skills you need to start your own genomics or genetic engineering project.


Monday, September 12; Tuesdays, September 6,27

7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

CRISPR Workshop: Beyond the Hype

Are you interested in using the latest breakthrough technology in gene modification, CRISPR-Cas9, in your projects? In this no-nonsense introductory workshop you will learn about all of the recent technical advances of this system, including Cas9 variants and how to design optimal guide RNA sequences and targeting constructs for homologous recombination using online resources to help plan your experiments. You will leave with a well-designed sequence for a guide RNA of your own choosing, ready to send out for synthesis. We’ll also dive into the societal implications surrounding the widespread adaptation of this system and the controversies involving the use of gene drives in organisms that will be released into the environment. 


Sundays, September 11,18; Monday, September 26

11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Biomaterials Crash Course: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Grow

Join us for a unique three-part course taught by instructors at the NATLAB on how to make and manipulate your own biomaterials. In the first class you’ll learn how to cast structures with microbial mats, and master the art of fluorescent bacteria. In the second class, you’ll learn everything you need to know about making forms from mushrooms. And in the third class, you’ll learn some of the skills of plant manipulation.

Sundays, September 11,18,25; October 9,16,23; November 6,13,20; December 4,11,18

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Biotechnology Crash Course

A great course that teaches you the basic techniques. Very similar to the Biohacker Boot Camp, but a more relaxed pace. If you've ever wanted to do a little biotech project of your own, or if you're just curious about what those guys do in the lab every day, this is the best course to start with. Isolate your own DNA and analyze it, make bacteria glow, and unleash your inner mad scientist in this hands-on course.


Saturdays, October 1,8,15,22

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Genome Editing with CRISPR-Cas9

Want to learn how to do hands-on genome editing? This is intensive laboratory class is for you!


Tuesday, October 18; Saturday, October 22

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Biotextiles: Grow Your Own Materials for Fashion Design

Our Biotextiles course is a perfect introduction to the latest breakthroughs in fashion and biology and a great way to learn how to start growing your own materials and garments. Participants will work hands-on in the lab to grow individual textile samples, then learn how to print and dye them with bioengineered and naturally colored bacteria.


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