The DIYbio mailing list (firstname.lastname@example.org) has been hard at work developing molecular biology techniques that are accessible to garage scientists with no budget. The latest development is "keiki gels" -- agarose gel electrophoresis using nothing but a drinking straw, a 9V battery and a pair of alligator clips.Crowdsourced science: drinking straw gel electrophoresis (Thanks, Meredith!)
This is an amazing example of crowdsourced science -- the elapsed time between the initial discussion and Tito Jankowski's working proof of concept was approximately three days.
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