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Biohacking / DIYBio at LHS

We're keen to get the nascent field of amateur biology going in the London Hackspace. Over the coming months we'll be developing research equipment, optimising techniques and running some research projects of our own. Most of the people involved aren't starting with a biology background, so get involved!


Bugs and Sara ran an Introduction to Biohacking workshop, giving a crash course in molecular biology and a great overview of what biohackers around the world are getting up to. The talks were recorded and are now on YouTube: [Intro to mol. biol], [Groups around the world].

We also gave condensed versions of these talks at the Science Museum's Dana Centre, which seems to have netted us a few new members. Awesome.





PCR primer design


Cf. Suppliers.

  • Sigma-Aldrich - Don't seem to want to sell to us
  • Cole-Parmer
  • Farnell
  • NBSBio - Order placed with them, lets see whether they deliver... [NB: Be sure to navigate to NOT, or their payment system doesn't work. Weird.]
  • New England Biolabs Free sample of Taq polymerase requested, let's see whether they deliver...
  • VWR] - Big supplier of chemicals, glassware and various lab stuff. Sounds very positive about selling to the hackspace. Bugs is in the process of setting up an account with them.


If you want to chat about biohacking, post to the Mailing List or contact one of us directly :).


Assorted biohacking pledges can be found here. Current Pledges:

  • Gene detection experiment kit

Proposed code of conduct

See here:



Electrophoresis box

7 / Apr / 2011: Photos from the outer box construction are here:

We've made one. Measurements for the outer box, in mm:

   Width: 102.45 to 102.9 (not a perfect glue job)
   Height to top (container): 31.8
   Height to top holes (for electrodes): 22.16
   Depth: about 171
   Thickness (of the perspex): about 3.2

Measurements for the inner box (which we ended up using, roughly):

   Width: 100
   Height to top: 20
   Depth: 100

So that is two panels measuring 100 x 20 (for the sides), and one panel measuring 100 x 100 (for the bottom).