Carolyn Johnson of The Boston Globe reports on a DIYbio event, held by Mackenzie Cowell, which taught participants to isolate DNA from their saliva using contact lens solution, soap, and rum. Cowell gave participants "a quick primer on genetics, and the option to add ingredients to their DNA that would allow them to make many copies of a portion of one of two genes" which he planned to have sequenced, according to the Globe. Anna Croft, a research scientists at MIT who was in attendance, told the Globe, "It’s totally awesome. It means people can start to understand what’s going on — it’s bringing everything back to basics and making stuff a little less intimidating."
Contact Lens Solutions, Soap, Spit, and Rum
Apr 27, 2010