Dr. Sebastian Kraves discusses biotechnology education

Dr. Sebastian Kraves is the co-founder of miniPCR bio, a company that simplifies complex scientific concepts for educational purposes. In this interview for the National Association of Science Teaching, Dr. Kraves discusses his passion for biology, which stemmed from reading Darwin’s Voyage of the Beagle at a young age. He talks about his work on malaria treatment in sub-Saharan Africa and how synthetic biology helped address the need for artemisinin production.

The video also explores how miniPCR bio simplifies complex scientific concepts for educational purposes. Dr. Kraves discusses the importance of identifying the gaps in technology that prevent scientific concepts from reaching classrooms. He uses the example of PCR, which is a technique used to amplify DNA. miniPCR bio has created a classroom-friendly version of PCR that allows students to understand the core principles of the technique.

Another example discussed in the video is PTC tasting, a genetic experiment that helps students understand the link between genotype and phenotype. In this experiment, students taste a chemical called PTC and see how their ability to taste it is linked to their genes.

Dr. Kraves believes that we need to close the gap between what is possible in a professional lab and what is taught in schools

Dr. Kraves also talks about CRISPR, a revolutionary gene-editing tool. He discusses the ethical considerations of CRISPR, such as the distinction between somatic gene editing and germline gene editing. Somatic gene editing involves making changes to cells that are not involved in reproduction, while germline gene editing involves making changes to reproductive cells that can be passed on to future generations.

The video concludes with a discussion about the future of biotechnology education. Dr. Kraves believes that we need to close the gap between what is possible in a professional lab and what is taught in schools. miniPCR bio is working to achieve this goal by developing classroom-friendly tools and resources.

What the interview below or in YouTube.

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