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Bacterial Edge Detection Modeling

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As Lent term comes to a close, the members of the computational subteam of the Bioproject have been wrapping up the coding of the model edge detector system. After some struggles with constants and boundary conditions, we finally succeeded in producing a program that simulates the edge detection circuit! The edge detector works by instructing […]

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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 […]