This is a part 2 of my experiment with genetically modifying E.Coli to be bioluminescent and express the GFP from jellyfish. If you have yet to check part 1 out I would definitely recommend doing so, it explains the science behind what we’re doing and why it’s important.

Let’s talk about how the experiment went for me!

All in all, it simply didn’t work — as I was expecting and had heard from other people who had also tried it. …

I’m going to walk you through how I genetically modified E. Coli to express the jellyfish’s GFP gene.

In more exciting terms, I made weird bacteria look neon.

I initially was interested in this experiment because of the recent real-life applications that fluorescent bacteria have enabled in the field of synthetic biology. An area of interest for me is the intersection of science and our everyday lives — or more specifically, how science can be leveraged to make the lives of others better. Around September of last year I came across a publication that mentioned the use of bioluminescence in…

If you’re ‘kinda fuzzy’ on why we edit genes or need a refresher, keep on reading!

(This article is a short refresher as apart of my experiment editing the genetic code of E. Coli to glow. Please check that out after you’re done reading if you haven’t already!)

So your genes are essentially the instructions for your body and the cells that make up your body! Your genes, like for example your dislike for the taste of cilantro, is written in the language of DNA. …

We can all name some people who are guilty of noise pollution — who can never take the hint that they are really the only thing causing your headache. But there are also a lot of other forms of noise pollution that we encounter in our everyday lives that leave us feeling drained and exhausted from just listening to the sounds around us.

AirPods, headphones, speakers — they all drown out noise with, you guessed it — more noise. And not to mention if you live with your family you’ve got background noise going twenty-four seven or if you live…

While reading an article, I just came across this term “Oligonucleotide

Now I generally like to think I know alot about gene editing and DNA synthesis, but I couldnt recall this term from anywhere in my memory. So, here’s an article about what it is and why it’s important!

I’ll be calling them by their short form, Oligo, because there’s no way I’m typing out that whole thing!

Put simply, an Oligo is a synthetic and short strand of DNA or RNA. They’re pretty important and they help to facilitate the polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)

PCR is nicknamed “molecular photocopying”

In this article, we’re taking a look at some of the most groundbreaking, movie-like advancements in the field of synthetic biology to gain a better understanding of it’s impacts, shortcomings and long term objectives.

The Basics of Synthetic Biology

By it’s definition, synthetic biology is the creation and (or) alteration of a subject’s DNA for the purpose of enhancement, creation or impairment of it’s abilities, characteristics and mannerisms.

But, I’ve found that this definition along with all of the other on the internet, fail to capture the full scope of synthetic biology as we’re literally talking about making vegan beef, face creams, biofuels and cancer…

Word on the street is that, in theory, Prime Editing could essentially correct up to 90% of all disease causing genetic variations. That’s quite the statement.

So, before we get ahead of ourselves, what is Prime Editing and why do the experts think that it could change the gene editing field?

Prime Editing is a method of gene editing in which individual DNA letters can be changed, deleted, or added, without drastically damaging the DNA strand itself. This is done through precisely slicing just one strand of the double helix. …

Even in 2020, many companies are still set on meeting their diversity requirements, which in theory will allow them to create a more diverse and welcoming workplace(or so they think).

Yet the reality behind diversity requirements is one which that’s not as simple as it’s made out to be, further feeding into the toxic stereotypes that they’re meant to counteract. Now don’t get me wrong, diversity is good (coming from a Sri Lankan-Japanese girl living in a predominantly white country). In fact, it is one of the deciding factors that turns a company from succeeding to thriving. …

Neyla Kirby

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