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Genomikon: an Educational Toolkit for the Rapid Assembly of Plasmids

Synthetic biology is a new and expanding field that has potential applications in every aspect of society. Today, synthetic biology is underused because it is expensive and slow. The University of Alberta is developing a method of plasmid assembly that is modular, rapid, and inexpensive. We are in process of designing an educational kit, Genomikon, which will enable anyone to construct a plasmid without special equipment. We will also provide a comprehensive lab manual to accomodate those new to the field.

To demonstrate the accessibility of our Genomikon toolkit, we will implement it in a high school laboratory setting. Genetic parts will be adapted into a system called BioBytes. This system will allow students to rationally create functional plasmids. The kit’s flexiblity will accomodate both predesigned experiments and new creative expressions. We believe that our kit could revolutionize science education. Our project not only seeks to optimize current procedures of synthetic biology but will also expose a new generation of students to this exciting field.

Project Details

Part 2

The Experiments

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