Open source and DIY hardware for DNA nanotechnology labs

Tulsi R Damase, Daniel Stephens, Adam Spencer, Peter B Allen

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A set of instruments and specialized equipment is necessary to equip a laboratory to work with DNA. Reducing the barrier to entry for DNA manipulation should enable and encourage new labs to enter the field. We present three examples of open source/DIY technology with significantly reduced costs relative to commercial equipment. This includes a gel scanner, a horizontal PAGE gel mold, and a homogenizer for generating DNA-coated particles. The overall cost savings obtained by using open source/DIY equipment was between 50 and 90%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e24
JournalJournal of biological methods
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 13 2015


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