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Title: DIY-GEM: a path towards low cost high throughput gene synthesis.

Synthetic biology research requires more cost effective approaches
toward reagents and hardware accessibility. We are developing
low-cost alternatives to existing hardware and enzymes in an
attempt to expand participation in biological research and
development.Our project expands the accessibility of Taq Polymerase by
engineering it in a form compatible with BioBrick assembly.
This allows use of the over-expressed enzyme from a crude
bacterial extract in a PCR reaction at a fraction of the cost
of highly purified commercial enzyme. In addition, we have
developed inexpensive and easily assembled lab equipment such
as a gel electrophoresis apparatus and a PCR thermal cycler.
Enabling researchers to synthesize their own enzymes and having
access to inexpensive tools will allow for increased participation
among the DIY-bio community, stretch increasingly scarce educational
funds, and allow rapid scale up of large scale gene synthesis projects.

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Who we are


  • Lab Manager/Advisor: Thomas Burkett
  • Advisor 1: Lisa Scheifele
  • Advisor 2: T Elizabeth Goode


  • Student 1: Ryan Ogle, LMT
  • Student 2: Patrick O'Neil
  • Student 3: Robert Buck
  • Student 4: Miles Pekala
  • Student 5: Gary Cygiel
  • Student 6: Steven Stowell
  • Student 7: Duke Kessler
  • Student 8: Bernadette Gallagher

What we did




Where we're from