I have heard a lot about the lac operon, and had never looked into it. I’ve taken this opportunity to explain the basics of how it can be used to select for engineered organisms
DNA methylation in prokaryotes
DNA methylation has profound effects in genetics which are still being studied. Methylation affects synthetic biologists by digesting transferred DNA and introducing mutations to transferred DNA
There is currently a lot of news dedicated to an outbreak of coronavirus in China and the US. I wanted to understand more about this virus with the knowledge that I have gained on my biology learning path.
Gene transfer in plants
Inserting genes into plants is how we get GMOs and other cool plants
Creating a virus
Viruses can be very useful for synthetic biology. They allow us to add DNA to larger organisms with greater certainty. In this post, I want to add my own understanding to a procedure that I found on the internet.
In order to learn about the genes of organisms, we must first get a purified DNA sample. This post goes over what that process looks like.
DNA sequencing methods
One of the driving factors behind the recent explosion in progress in synthetic biology has to do with the cost and speed of genome sequencing and synthesis. I wanted to understand more about how it actually works.
How computers can be effectively applied to biology
Bacterial artificial chromosomes (BAC)
BACs are useful for duplicating larger sections of DNA than can be duplicated with PCR or will fit on plasmids.
An ongoing list of useful resources