DNA Extraction Workshop

London Biohackspace is very pleased to announce our DNA Extraction workshop, presented by biochemist and entrepreneur Bethan Wolfenden.

Spaces are extremely limited, so register now! Email wzdd.lhsbiohacking@lardcave.net to register.

Date: TBD
Time: 11am – 5pm
Location: London Biohackspace, part of London Hackspace, 447 Hackney Rd, London E2 9DY
Cost: £25
Materials required: None! We will supply everything.


In this workshop you will learn the basics of genetic extraction and testing, using your own DNA. You will start by extracting and purifying your own DNA using a non-invasive mouthwash-type method. You will then use PCR (a DNA amplification method) to test a few human SNPs (a type of simple genetic variation). Finally you’ll visualise your tested DNA on an agarose gel.

About the presenter

Bethan Wolfenden is the co-founder of Bento Lab, the DNA lab that goes with you. She believes that bringing molecular and synthetic biology to a wider audience will enable innovation all over the world. She has a biochemistry degree from University College London.

Previous workshops in this series

  • December 17, 2016: We successfully tested two SNPs: PTC taste and milk digestion.