Could there be any better way to celebrate the extra day in February than by Building an OpenPCR?
What is PCR?
The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a scientific technique in molecular biology to amplify a single or a few copies of a piece of DNA across several orders of magnitude, generating thousands to millions of copies of a particular DNA sequence.
This bit of lab kit is used for amongst other things :
- DNA cloning
- Gene analysis
- Diagnosing hereditary disease
- Identifying genetic fingerprints (CSI anyone?)
What is OpenPCR?
The OpenPCR is a low-cost, open source Personal PCR machine used in labs around the world.
This little laser cut machine will allow us to do DNA Sequencing and DNA Barcoding.
Now we’ll attempt the flatpack version, and see how they compare.
We’ll also listen to BBC File on 4 programme about Bio Security first broadcast 7th Feb, where their roving reporters visited MadLab to interview our group. Heated discussions to follow and continue on at Common!
Hope to see you there.