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Science Makers: DIY DNA Part 1 - Reading DNA

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The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is an essential technique in molecular biology.

During this Science Makers, we’ll learn about PCR , extract DNA from your choice of plant and assess relatedness to other plants. We’ll of course be building or testing DIY kit all the way through – from 3D printed pipettes to laser cut gel electrophoresis tanks and open source PCR machines.

Join us in Makespace with your plant of choice! Please note: this session is expected to take the full five hours 12 noon – 5pm. We will email results to those who can’t hang around.

The session is based on the NCBE /SAPS Plant Evolution Practical.


Science Makers is a monthly event to discuss and build low-cost, DIY and open hardware for science and education. All are welcome for the talks, making or both! It is primarily designed for adults, accompanied children are allowed to attend but please alert the organisers on

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This talk is part of the Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative series.

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