Genspace Biolab

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.

Bioinformatics Workshop

12:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Sunday, November 27

We are increasingly aware of the invisible and ubiquitous microbial component of our lives – in and on our bodies, in our environment. But, how do you actually measure that? What if you wanted to find out what bacteria are living around you? In this workshop we will learn the methods for identifying microbial species with DNA sequencing data.

We will use the Pathomap dataset and each participant will obtain the metagenomic sequences of their favorite subway station. We will learn how to navigate the public sequencing archives to find the data you are looking for, explain the file formats used for sequencing data and how to manipulate them, and gain hands-on experience on using the computational tools to identify bacterial species with that data, and visualize the results.

Bring your Linux or Mac laptop. Basic experience with the terminal is helpful though not required. 

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