Genspace is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting education in molecular biology for both children and adults. We work inside and outside of traditional settings, providing a safe, supportive environment for training and mentoring in biotechnology.
Biotechnology Crash Course
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Sundays, December 4,11,18
Class consists of three sessions of 4hrs each
Fee – $300 ($150 for students)
Sundays December 4th, 11th, and 18th, 2016 from 2-6PM Register for this class
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? This introductory course covers the basic techniques that facilitated the biotechnology revolution, and will show you where it is headed in the near future. We will go over the basic concepts, then get right into the wet lab work. You’ll isolate your own DNA and amplify a specific sequence using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). We’ll do some basic DNA analyses before sending the DNA to be sequenced. When the sequence data comes back, we use bioinformatics to interpret it and learn a bit about heritage.
Biohacker Boot Camp
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Monday, December 12; Tuesday, December 13; Wednesday, December 14; Thursday, December 15
Four Weekday Evenings (Mon-Thurs) from 6-9PM
Fee: adults $300 students $150
December 12th-15th, 2016 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm - Register
This is an intensive course that covers essentially the same material as the Biotech Crash Course, but in an accelerated format. You’ll be in the lab at the bench for most of it, so wear comfortable shoes. We’ll extract our own DNA, analyze ancestry through bioinformatics, splice genes into bacteria, and learn all the standard techniques such as using pipettors, gel electrophoresis, amplifying DNA with PCR reactions, working with restriction enzymes to build plasmids, and growing and transforming bacteria.
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