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BioBricks: Lego for Scientists!

BioBricks: Lego for Scientists!

By Lieke van den Berk | April 11, 2014

Lego bricks are used, mostly by children, to construct vehicles, buildings, and even working robots. Surely the idea of bringing Lego to the lab is childish, but think just for a second… since the human genome has been fully characterized, can we use a Lego-like approach to “build” entire living organisms from scratch? This may…

Gibson Assembly: an easy way of molecular cloning!

Gibson Assembly: an easy way of molecular cloning!

By Lieke van den Berk | February 19, 2014

Every hard-core biologist knows designing the perfect construct can be a complex puzzle to solve. This challenge, if successful, can be extremely satisfying but can also drive you crazy for weeks. Luckily, Dr. Daniel Gibson and his colleagues at the J. Craig Venter Institute designed a new easy-to-use cloning method. Better yet, this system allows…

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