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DIYBio at Maker Faire

From a nice San Jose Mercury News story on DIYbio session at the fourth annual Maker Faire:

“At their booth, the DIYbio crowd performed a simple but elegant DNA project: 1) Spit in a cup. 2) Add a drop of soap, 3.) Swirl in a pinch of salt and 4) Pour in rubbing alcohol — or Barcardi rum, for grown-ups. Voilà! A long string of tinsel-like stuff appeared: DNA.”

The story goes on to discuss trends responsible for DIYbio’s supposedly rising popularity: “Materials are cheaper and more accessible than ever. Anyone can order jellyfish DNA for a green fluorescent protein from a biological supply company. Used lab freezers, important to keep bacteria alive, can be bought off Craigslist.”

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