Posts Tagged ‘diybiomcr’


Thursday, March 8th, 2012

DIYBIOMCR February was a team building workshop, putting together an OpenPCR. We had about 20 attendees from various backgrounds (even one from Birmingham!) interested in DIYBio. Here is Dan Hett’s summary of what happened.

Last week’s DIYBio was a special event, to get stuck into building a couple of PCR machines. In addition to our home-made one, we also got our hands on what we think is the first OpenPCR machine in the UK.

Getting a bit ahead of myself though. What is PCR?

PCR is a relatively simple and inexpensive tool that you can use to focus in on a segment of DNA and copy it billions of times over. So, even with a small DNA sample, such as from spitting in a tube, or tearing off a piece of a leaf of lettuce, PCR allows to you make a bunch of copies of the DNA so you have enough to analyze. PCR is used every day to diagnose diseases, identify bacteria and viruses, match criminals to crime scenes, and in many other ways.


Inside the Octopus at DIYBIO

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Last September, Dr. Brian Degger lead an octopus dissection workshop fro DIYBIO. Participants got into the incredibly flexible cephalopods and found out some amazing things. Check out the video, curtesy of Maria Ruban to see what we did.

DIYBIO Manchester Celebrates BEACON Success

Monday, November 28th, 2011

The DIYbio project celebrated success at the recent Manchester Beacon Recognition Awards, with their work being recognised with a cheque for £750 to further develop its community-University partnership.

Inaugurated in March 2011DIYBIOMCR is the largest DIYBIO chapter in the UK, and recently hosted the first ever DIYBIO Summit in the UK during the Manchester Science Festival. Supported by a grant from the Wellcome Trust, the group is a collaborative effort with MadLab and MMU, hosting monthly user group meetings, special workshops (eg. Octopus dissection) and bringing experts from the new frontiers of biology to work and collaborate with the general public. (more…)

Manchester Science Festival 2011 Round Up

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Microbiology and Art Exhibition PreviewIt’s been another great Manchester Science Festival this year, and MadLab has been lucky to host 6 events. We kicked off with a preview of Microbiology & Art, an exhibition of work inspired by microbiology, ran our 3rd Robot Hackday, celebrated Alan Turing, held the first ever DIYBIO UK Summit, and rounded off with a Science Jamboree and tea party with Teawitter.
We’ve had a full 9 days holding various science related activities, all with a MadLab twist.

Over the festival period we’ve had over 200 people come through our doors hacking robots from old toys, discussing short stories from modern science, getting to know the global DIYBIO community, eat cake, make instant ice cream all with a generous dose of practical workshops.

UK’s First DIYBio Summit

Friday, October 21st, 2011

This weekend (29-30 October), the Madlab plays host to the first ever UK DIYbio Summit – dedicated to bringing biology out of the lab and on to the kitchen table! There’s going to be talks, discussions and workshops with a host of DIY and amateur biologists from the UK, Europe, the US and beyond.

Oliver Medvedik and Sung Won Lim from Genspace (NYC) will be running some genetic tests on (willing!) participants using a home-built lab; Cathal Garvey (Cork) and Brian Degger (UK) will be building trippy LED projectors with Daphnia (Water fleas) and “hacking” some webcams to get a proper up close look, and Dr Patricia Linton from MMU will be leading the charge in building some bacterial fuel cells, ably assisted by Asa Madlab. On top of that, there’ll be a “show & tell” session from the current crop of DIYbio-ers, and an awesome session from bio-artist and Hackteria main man Marc Dusseiller (Switzerland etc.)

For more info, and to book a place head on over to the Eventbrite page here: