Summer DNA Workshop

Everyone came with boundless enthusiasm and energy for the DNA workshop on Sunday in the London HackSpace.  There was great DIYBio in the new lab and people helping each other out loads to understand the fundamentals or the practicalities of pipetting, thermocycler, enzymes etc. The first step of DNA...

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Microscopic world

As the lab has got a lot tidier and lab like recently we’ve had more opportunities to start having fun in it. We’re fortunate to own several microscopes which we have used to look at some of the local flora (green algae we got from the window shelf outside...

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Open Cell: a bio-village in Shepherd’s Bush

Hear more at our Biohackspace talk at Green Lab, 7pm June 26th or MAIL: tom@cell-free.tech WEB: opencell.webflow.io  Open Cell is a new collaborative space for biodesign and science in Shepherd’s Bush London. We support the London ecosystem of designers and scientists incorporating biological techniques into material development. The space is composed of modular mixed...

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PCR product glows on an agarose gel

DNA extraction and testing workshop

December in the UK can be a bit grim: there’s barely any daylight, and everyone is either on holiday or wishes they were. In other words, it’s the perfect time to stay indoors and do a spot of DNA testing, so that’s what the London Hackspace did, holding a...

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Recent Talks & Presentations

Tom gave a talk at UCL (Paul O Gorman building 30/Nov/2015) Tom gave a talk on Biohackspace automation @ synthace, 10th September 2015 Tom gave a talk on Biohackspace robotics @ Cambridge Makerspace 5th September 2015 Ilya, Lena and Victoria were featured in an episode of “FutureProofing” on Radio 4 on 15th...

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Invisible biomaterial

Lab Robots @ Cambridge makerspace (5/Sep)

On the Saturday 5th Sep we visited the “Lab Robots” meetup at the Cambridge maker space.  The format of the day was first there was a session of presentations, and then in the afternoon, there were some practical workshop sessions. In the first session several talks were given including Ward...

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Bioreactor: First look and test run

So, we have kindly been donated a lovely bioreactor. 🙂 As a big fan of these bits of kit I thought I’d try and document my first look as I try to make sense of the many wires and widgets provided. Here’s the vessel itself. A lovely bit of...

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Projects round-up summer 2015

The London Biohackspace is growing momentum and more and more projects are coming out from the heads of our members. As September approached, I thought of rounding up the projects, ideas, new tools and excitement that the space has catalysed in the past few months. iGEM The most active...

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Chromatography of Biomolecules

As a simple demonstration of the chromatographic separation of plant pigments I followed this procedure: a leaf sample (borrowed from one of my jalapeno plants) was ground up with a small volume of acetone to create the crude extract. As much of the liquid as possible was transferred to...

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Project: Tepnel DNA purification Robot

We received a donation of a Tepnel DNA purification system from a lab that was being decommissioned at the University of Exeter. It boots up and initial tests seem good. We have the manual in pdf and we need to obtain or make up the buffers and consumables to...

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