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Intro to Synthetic Biology
Sun-Wed-Sun (3:30 PM to 7:30 PM on Sundays, 6:00 to 10:00PM on Wed)
Fee: adults $300 students $150
Synthetic biology is the science of engineering living organisms as if they were biological machines. You’ll learn how to manipulate life using standardized genetic parts. These genetic sequences serve as building blocks in the fabrication of genetic “circuits,” previously unseen in nature. Among many applications, this rapidly maturing technology is currently being harnessed to cheaply create life saving drugs, bio-fuels to reduce dependence on petroleum based fuel sources and biosensors to detect a wide variety of environmental pollutants and pathogens . As part of this very hands-on-course, we’ll build a set of DNA instructions using the Genomikon kit and load them into a bacteria. We' will also analyze pathways that enable engineered micro-organisms to smell like bananas and respond to different genetic 'instructions'.