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Biotech Crash Course



140 32nd Street
Suite 108
Brooklyn, NY 11232
United States


Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 2:00pm to Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 6:00pm


Class in three sessions:Saturday, June 16 from 2-6PMSunday, June 17 from 2-6PMSaturday, June 23 from 2-6PM Did you know that an entire human genome can be sequenced in less than three days? And that all the cheese that you eat is made with genetically engineered rennet? Biotechnology touches many aspects of our lives, and it is changing with blinding speed. This introductory course covers the basic techniques that facilitated the biotechnology revolution, and will show you where it is headed in the near future. Learn about the fundamental characteristics of DNA and how we can take advantage of these to cut and paste DNA, making lots of copies of specific DNA sequences, or assembling new DNA sequences into a new genetic program. You will perform some of the foundational techniques of the biotech revolution, including DNA purification, polymerase chain reaction, gel electrophoresis, and bacterial transformation. Lecture and discussion is coupled with two hands-on projects: participants will purify and sequence a portion of their DNA to analyze for ancestry, and will generate their own GMO using bacteria and green fluorescent protein (the same protein that won the 2008 Nobel Prize!). The course assumes no prior knowledge other than high-school biology (and even that is negotiable). If you’re new to the lab, this is a great first course. Julie Wolf spent her research career focused on medical mycology and infectious disease. Broadly interested in microbiology and scientific communication, she has taught at Long Island University as well as at Genspace. She has written for the Scientista Foundation and Scholastic’s Science World magazine. Julie is also American Society for Microbiology's Communications Specialist.