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Greenwood, Brooklyn
132 32nd St Suite 108
Btwn 3rd & 4th Avenues
Brooklyn, New York 11232
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 14 and older
Average Class Size: 15
Teacher: Mike Flanagan

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October 12, 13 & 19

Did you know that you can now get your whole genome sequenced for less than the cost of an iPhone? And that an organism with specific genes removed isn't considered a genetically modified organism (GMO)? Biotechnology touches many aspects of our lives and is changing with blinding speed. This introductory course covers the major characteristics of the molecular heart of the modern biology era: DNA. Learn the techniques that facilitated the biotechnology revolution, get hands-on experience, and find out where the future is going in our Biohacker Boot Camp (Weekend Edition).

Learn about the fundamental characteristics of DNA and how we can take advantage of these to cut and paste DNA, making lots of copies of specific DNA sequences, or assembling new DNA sequences into a new genetic program. You will perform some of the foundational techniques of the biotech revolution, including DNA purification, polymerase chain reaction, gel electrophoresis, and bacterial transformation. Lecture and discussion is coupled with two hands-on projects: participants will purify and sequence a portion of their DNA to analyze for ancestry, and will generate their own GMO using bacteria and green fluorescent protein (the same protein that won the 2008 Nobel Prize!). The course assumes no prior knowledge other than high-school biology (and even that is negotiable). If you’re new to the lab, this is a great first course.

October 21 to 24

Join us for this hands-on introductory lab class and discover the foundations of modern biotechnology. Over four consecutive evenings, we'll learn about the basics of DNA science and laboratory techniques in a welcoming, hands-on environment. After learning about the history of biotechnology and the structure of DNA, we'll get in the lab. You'll also learn how some of the most significant developments and biggest legends in biotechnology have been associated with romantic get-away weekends, surfing, international rivalry, political intrigue, and almost 170,000 years of human history (!).

Course topics include: polymerase chain reaction (PCR), gel electrophoresis, DNA sequencing, bioinformatics, comparative genomics, DNA editing (using restriction enzymes and ligases), uploading DNA circuits (using bacterial transformation and plating techniques), synthetic biology (using modular analysis and design of DNA circuits), Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Bio, and more! No prior experience in biology or laboratory techniques is required: be sure to bring your enthusiasm to learn!

For all classes: Please wear closed toed shoes for the lab safety protocol.

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Do college students qualify for the student price, or is that only for high school?
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Hi Natalie! Thanks for your question. College students also qualify. Hope this helps!
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It does, thank you!
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My 14yo daughter is interested in taking this course. Is there a discount for her as a student? Thanks.
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Hi Alex! The price for students is $150 and the next class for students is on August 6. Kindly check the dates on the class page to see the schedule. Just click on "Next Start Dates" and the page will scroll down to the available dates and just select August 6 to reflect the student's price of $150. Hope this helps!
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Thanks, for the update, Brenda. We are away in August and interested in her doing the evening sessions for the week in July. It looks as though that is open for age 14+. Can she not join that session? Many thanks! Alex
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Hi Alex! The July 9 class for both adults and students are already sold out, I'm sorry. The next class will be in August.
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Ah, okay. Bummer! We’ll look for a student-rate class for the fall. Thanks Alex
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