Real Hackers Program DNA

Interesting ETech session this morning about hacking DNA led by Reshma Shetty and Barry Canton of Ginkgo BioWorks.

They brought some kits for the audience to play with.  “Play” consisted of inserting some foreign DNA into e. coli for one of three effects:  you could either make it turn red, smell like a banana, or, the most popular option, make it glow in the dark.

Took us through the first easy steps but it takes a couple days to observe effects.

Registry of Standard Biological Parts


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