Entries by miniPCR Team

Guest blogger: Alia Qatarneh on miniPCR

Alia Qatarneh is the lead research assistant at Harvard University’s Life Sciences Outreach Program, which works with high school teachers and students from across New England. Alia authored the post we reproduce below on her blog on 9/2/2014.. NOTHING MINI ABOUT THIS MACHINE I had the pleasure of meeting Zeke and Sebastian over one year […]

miniPCR™ goes to Summer Camp!

Cambridge, Mass. – When you think of summer camp for kids, you think of the great outdoors, swimming in lakes, and roasting marshmallows by the campfire. But have you heard of a camp that has kids explore the molecular underpinnings of life? Or study DNA by performing the polymerase chain reaction? This is not your […]

Imagining the Classroom of the Future – Today

Educators and entrepreneurs recently spent a day exploring the future of learning and teaching at the Beta Teacher event hosted by EDC. We were lucky enough to join 20 other education technology startups and an engaged crowd of teachers interested in expanding the technological horizons of their classrooms. Please read the brief article directly on […]

Introducing the miniPCR™ machine (video)

Today we’re unveiling the miniPCRTM machine video. We’re hoping you will help us reach more people in more places and bring them DNA technology that was until now too difficult, too cumbersome, and too expensive. So help us spread the word: tweet, blog, repost, link, and microblog it. Help us keep making DNA science simpler […]

miniPCR™ @ Rockefeller University Science Saturday

Excerpts from the very nice piece describing stories from Rockefeller University’s recent science fair, with big thanks to Jeanne Garbarino… Dr. Ezequiel Alvarez Saavedra, one of the volunteers for MiniPCR, described this story: “I had a girl, maybe 7 yrs old, come by the table that left me very impressed by her persistence. I started […]

DNA Science in Middle School – CampBio at Whitehead Institute

miniPCR is just back from an awesome (that doesn’t do it justice) day at the Whitehead’s CampBio. 17 middle school “DNA scientists” from 6th through 8th grades helped solve a “crisis in Food Safety” and track down the source of tainted patties. Our middle school scientists used molecular detection technologies (PCR, restriction analysis, and gel […]

Beta testing miniPCR mobile app

We are constantly working to make science simpler, more accessible, and more convenient. Today we’re testing the first beta release of the miniPCR mobile app. We started this development with two simple goals in mind: convenience and interactivity. In today’s world, why can’t we control our biotech experiments with the same convenience smartphones and tablets […]