DIYBIOMCR on the Today programme

Open PCR

If you were up early, you might have caught DIYBIOMCR on Radio 4′s Today programme this morning. BBC science editor David Shukman came round to MadLab’s OpenPCR build workshop last month to report on the “early days in a DIY biological revolution“.

DIYBIOMCR has been running for almost a year and we’ve run a diverse number of events and workshops including: crowd sourcing a microbe map of Manchester, octopus dissection, a DIYBio Summit and building microbial fuel cells.

David Shukman was interested in our take on synthetic biology. Speaking to Martyn Amos from MMU and Asa Calow from MadLab, David concludes that:

The coming revolution will be biological and DIY will play a key role.

If you missed it, you can listen to it here.

Watch out for us tonight on the Six O’Clock and Ten O’Clock News on BBC1.


If you want to get involved in the DIYBio revolution don’t miss out on our upcoming PCR Challenge workshop, where we will be running comparison tests against various PCR machines – including the one you can hear us building in the BBC’s report. We will also be unveiling the Manchester Microbe Map at this year’s FutureEverything conference on the 18th of May.

DIYBio is a growing global movement “dedicated to making biology an accessible pursuit for citizen scientists, amateur biologists and biological engineers who value openness and safety.”

DIYBIOMCR is supported by the Wellcome Trust

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