Wednesday, 4 December 2013

By on December 4th, 2013 in science kits

10:25 – When a person I respect suggests something, I pay attention. When two people I respect independently suggest the same thing, I really pay attention. So, 18 months ago at my father-in-law’s 90th birthday party, I was chatting with Mary Chervenak about future science kits. Mary suggested we do a biotechnology kit–protein and DNA extraction, digestion, and electrophoresis; DNA transformation into E. coli; bacteriophage propagation; DNA transfection into eukaryotic cells; and so on. Lately, I’ve been talking to Todd Rider, who’s senior scientist at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and on the advisory board for the S.P.A.R.K. competition that we’re entering this month. Todd suggested the same thing Mary had. So I think we’re going to do a biotechnology kit, in addition to or instead of an AP Biology kit. We’ll face some real challenges putting such a kit or kits together, but all of those involve keeping the kit(s) affordable. I’d like to be able to start shipping these kits next year, but it will probably be 2015.

4 Comments and discussion on "Wednesday, 4 December 2013"

  1. Lynn McGuire says:

    Will you refer them to a DNA resequencer as an addon?

  2. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    Eh? What is a DNA resequencer?

  3. Lynn McGuire says:

    Sorry, obtuse joke. Popular science fiction trope:

  4. Lynn McGuire says:

    Hey OFD, they say here that IT jobs are plentiful and salaries jumping:

    “Good news for IT employees, from frontline staff up to CIOs: Salaries are on the rise, businesses are spending more money on training, and IT budgets continue to increase.”

    And more doom and gloom about desktop pc sales:

    “PCs sales are on track to have their biggest drop ever, down more than 10% in 2013 warns IDC. And there’s no end in sight, with nearly a 4% drop projected in 2014.”

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