The first open event of DIYBIO will happen on the 16th of March, Wednesday at the MadLab from 7pm – 9pm.

The first meetup will be a general introduction and discussion session to DIYbio – its possibilities, practicalities and the associated ethical and safety issues of engineering life – and to get a feel for what people are interested in and kind of direction the group could take as a whole. There are already a few ideas about what kinds of projects the group could make happen – here are a few:



  • The Manchester Microbe Map, where we assess the diversity of bacterial life in our everyday lives
  • ”What kind of fish is in my fish and chips anyway?" Do some basic forensic analysis to work out whether what we're given is plain old cod, or something else entirely (See also "meat" curry).
  • Make stuff glow in the dark! Glow in the dark bacteria can be found all over but generally in trace quantities. With a bit of gentle coaxing, it can be made to truly shine (ok, glow).


    The evening will have a few presentations explaining what DIYBio’s all about, what we scientific research we would like to conduct, and to round it off, some DNA extraction! (It will only take 5 minutes). We’ve done it before, and everyone’s still with us today.

    Hope to see you down there!

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