Sometimes, we see projects go from start to finish in a day, mostly we see our shop projects take longer than we’d like, and other times, we get to see just a slice of something that can change the world.
I’ve mentioned before that in our first week, someone came in and made a “DNA cloning machine”. I still don’t really understand what PCR really means, I’m not a wetware guy. I do understand the massive changes that happen in the world when you take a technology that costs several thousand dollars and bring it down to near-zero. I also understand how awesome it is when people get together and build things. It totally helps when there is a video to explain it all.
LavaAmp is the result of the collaboration of Rob Carlson and his engineering partner, Rik Wehbring, founders of Biodesic, a Bioengineering firm, Jim Hardy, bioentrepreneur founder of Gahaga Biosciences, Joseph Jackson, a philosopher interested in Open Science and DIY Biology and Guido David Nunez-Mujica, a Computational Biologist.
They all met at Science Foo Camp, and decided to develop, manufacture and market a simple, inexpensive device to perform PCR, which is the backbone of molecular biology.
They are at the prototype stage, and gathering funds to go to production. If you want to help change the world, please sponsor their project!
I knew they were on to something when they wanted me to cut those polycarbonate donuts…