Citizen Science @ Bern

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Some familiar faces from Europe, cool “meeting” Hackteria friends 🙂

biodesign for the real world

What is biohacking?

Hackteria members were invited to the Swiss Citizen Science Network’s meeting “Biohacking meets Citizen Science” in Bern at Dialog Science and Society (Stiftung Science et Cité).

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In the style of hackteria workshops, we started the morning hands-on.We set up the room as a temporary/mobile open source DIY bio-lab. During the round of self-introductions, we assembled gel-trays for electrophoresis. People were mainly from the German speaking parts of Switzerland, and Geneva’s Bioscope was represented – with educators, artists, biotechnologists, geologist, botanist…history of science – it was a nice atmosphere.

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To use some of the generic lab equipment, we decided to extract some DNA from the participants and run a genomic PCR on the serotonin transporter. This was inspired by some protocols from the Science Bar Incubator in Tokyo.

Also, genotyping ourselves is a great starting point for a range of discussions on gene <> phenotype  (can we tell…

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