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A few iGEM ‘compers’ met on Sept. 28 in the Active Learning Labs to try their hands at synthetic biology. Their task was to digest plasmid DNA with restriction enzymes, perform gel electrophoresis to separate DNA fragments, and then determine quantity and type of restriction enzyme sites that existed. IGEM club treasurer Stephen Casper, A.B. ’21, and secretary Ralph Estanboulieh, A.B. ’21, chemical and physical biology concentrators, gave a brief introduction to plasmids and restriction enzymes and their uses. Melissa Hancock, Biological/Environmental Lab Engineer in the Active Learning Labs, provided lab safety training before students put on their lab coats and safety goggles and stepped into the lab. While electrophoresis was running, iGEM club lab coordinator Mark Meneses, A.B. ’21, a bioengineering concentrator, led analyses of combinations of possible site cutting. Half of the attendees had not tried any wet-lab experiments before and were eager to visualize their results in comparison to their theoretical analyses.
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