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Taking It to the Streets

Congratulations to the Biobus and DIYBio NYC on being awarded the Editor’s Prize for their entry in the recent Maker Faire in New York City. Rather than experimental advances — though those may come — I think that in the near term where DIYBio can and will make a significant impact is through education, both of its own members and through outreach like this, volunteering hands-on lessons in cutting-edge science. Inside the bus, extracting DNA for analysis of the gene that determines the ability to taste a bitter compound called PTC, one of the most common genetic tests. Outside, kids — and James Jorasch of the Science House, a Biobus sponsor — helping kids extract DNA from strawberries. Below, Lab on a Bus.

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