DIYbio Groningen’s first workshop was at the local Makerfaire. We showcased our OpenPCR clone, explained our mission and how PCR works. By rinsing their mouth with saline, putting this in a PCR machine and then running a gel of the amplified DNA, participants could use a PCR to get their very own DNA fingerprint. Several of our own member were joined by Pieter van Boheemen, who also brought along the Waag society’s ‘official’ OpenPCR machine.
Alec, one of our members, gave a ‘maker talk’ about the virtues of open source design and the benefits of having access to PCR. The slides to this talk can be found here.