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From the official webpage: Bio Academy is a Synthetic Biology Program directed by George Church, professor of Genetics at Harvard medical school. The Bio Academy is a part of the growing Academy of (almost) Anything, or the Academany.

It's a 15 week experimental course covering the major Synthetic Biology applications today.

HTGAA course 2017

2017 is the first year that the course is being taken by students at Hackuarium. The course is being followed by Daniel Hernandez and Thomas Jordan.

Important Links

Hackuarium Specific Links

Hackuarium Official Course Page:

Hackuarium Working Assignments Folder:

General Course Links

Course page: This includes all the weekly lectures and homework discussions in the left-hand sidebar. At the bottom there are additional learning resources.



Recommended Hardware:


Weekly topics / Experiments

wk1: Principles and Practices

Link to weekly page:

wk2: Bio Design / Plasmid digest

Theory class: George Church spoke about the capacity to modify biological material/organisms.

Lab Task: Design and verify restriction digest of a circular DNA plasmid by gel electrophoresis. Compare your experimental result with what you would predict from the plasmid map.

Link to weekly page:

The protocol designed for this experiment is: