Posts Tagged ‘diybiomcr’

DNA origami and Octopus announcements

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Wednesday night was the August DIYBio meeting, delayed from our usual ‘third Wednesday of the month’ slot but with a relatively good attendance considering that a lot of people are probably on their summer holidays!

We celebrated the survival of the snails (who now seem to be reproducing busily) but decided that we would wait until the new generation were a bit bigger, and Team Snail were present, before starting our selection experiment.

Microbiology and art competition – call for entries

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Art provides an opportunity for visualisation and communication of science…

During the Manchester Science Festival 2011, MadLab will be hosting its first science themed exhibition, on the subject of Microbiology and Art (Oct 20 – Nov 11). Items on display will include a range of different representations of links between microbiology and art – photography, jewellery, embroidery, music, painting and so on – produced by science students from MMU. In addition, the Manchester Microbe Map, produced by the intrepid members of DIYBIOMCR will be on display alongside the MMU AIDS banner, and an open call for work. (more…)

Microbe Picnic aftermath

Friday, August 26th, 2011

On Sunday the 21st, The DIY_Bio gang had a Teawitter event in the form of the Microbe Picnic. Microbes have played a large part in the food industry for years. Industrially, microbes have been used in the fermentation of bread and alcohol and even Vikings used it to produce mead. Kimchi, the cornerstone of Korean eating, contains a number of lactic acid bacteria, among those the typical species Lactobacillus kimchii.

Microbes, molluscs and machine

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

20th July, and it was time for another DIYBio meeting. I was looking forward to the meeting immensely because I had heard that quite a lot of progress had been made by some of the teams, and I was really interested in finding out what they had been up to.

Unfortunately not all the news was good. Although a sterling effort was made by Team Snail, the first batch of snails that we brought into Madlab did not fare very well and had sadly expired during the month. A second set had already been introduced to the tank, and we discussed how we might help them survive a bit better this time around. David had done a lot of excellent research, and discovered that our snails are Malaysian Trumpet Snails. They like to burrow, so we gave them some sand for the bottom of the tank. They also thrive best at relatively high temperatures (compared to Madlab) so we discussed obtaining a water heater to maintain the tank at around 25 degrees. We had a very interesting presentation on the snails, including the fascinating fact that while the females can reproduce without mating, the offspring are not identical clones but have variation because the mother snails combine two of their gametes (eggs), each of which contain a random selection of their gene ‘alleles’ – in effect having sex with themselves!

Adding some sand


Post FutureEverything

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

It’s been wonderful to be part of FutureEverything, the award winning global festival of art, music and ideas.

We presented a session about DIYBIO (a Wellcome Trust funded project with MMU), showed off some interactive installations at Victoria Bath‘s Handmade Digital DIY event (which saw us land on the front page of the BBC news website) – if you missed it, here’s a little film, and held an artist salon about the “wider implications of software culture” on Sunday.

Handmade at FutureEverything from Madlab on Vimeo.

We loved being a part of this festival, and can’t wait for next year!