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Do It Yourself Genetic Engineering

From New Scientist

KATHERINE AULL's laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, lacks a few mod cons. "Down here I have a thermocycler I bought on eBay for 59 bucks," she says, pulling out a large, box-shaped device she uses to copy short strands of DNA. "The rest is just home brew," she adds, pointing to a centrifuge made out of a power drill and plastic food container, and a styrofoam incubator warmed with a heating pad normally used in terrariums.

In fact, Aull's lab is a closet less than 1 square metre in size in the shared apartment she lives in. Yet amid the piles of clothes she recently concocted vials of an entirely new genetically modified organism.

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Berkin8 years ago
Wow! This sounds much more interesting than what I'm doing at home right now... preserving a cold virus in a sealed cylinder in the freezer.
kelseymh (author)  Berkin8 years ago
Ah, you're doing biology, too? Most excellent!
Berkin kelseymh8 years ago
Noooo... I did that at home, as a project in my spare time... I was infected wit the same virus at the time. I used a saliva sample to get the virus from.
FaqMan8 years ago
This is pretty cool i can finally get to work on my mutant army.
Berkin FaqMan8 years ago
'mutant army'? and how do you plan on doing this, may I ask?
FaqMan Berkin8 years ago
It was a joke.
Berkin FaqMan8 years ago
I know.
KentsOkay8 years ago
*rubs hands* Excellent.... Thou all shalt fear mine mutant squirrels!!
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Fear? Sounds like super supper to me :-)
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