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First PCR and Gel at Biomakespace

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We rounded off the Michaelmas term with our first practical session at the newly opened Biomakespace! Our aim for the day was to test out the facilities at Biomakespace by running a PCR followed by performing DNA electrophoresis – both very important molecular biology techniques. PCR, short for Polymerase Chain Reaction, is an extremely useful […]

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Molecular Biology at Makespace!

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Molecular Biology at Makespace! Today was our first piece of practical molecular biology for the CUSBS Bioproject 2017-18! We met at the Makespace, Mill Lane, as part of the Open Technology Week Science Make-a-thon. Our goal was to test our ability to produce the enzyme β-galactosidase/LacZ from plasmid DNA in an in vitro gene expression […]

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OpenScope Field

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OpenScope Field Optimisation Click here for a detailed budget and timeline. Goals – This project centres around developing the OpenScope  microscope field-use, for example in testing blood and water samples. This project is likely to be carried out with some collaboration with the WaterScope team (developing a water quality testing kit for South Asia). – […]

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OpenScope Automation

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OpenScope Automation Click here for a detailed budget and timeline. Progress Goals – This project centres around high-throughput screening of bacterial colonies and immature plants using a microscope mounted on a desktop CNC machine (a large x,y,z-translation system; see below). Shapeoko desktop CNC machine – Ultimately, the goal is to develop a robot that can […]