Dr. Bhalerao and graduate student Farhan Syed were among the first recipients of the Illinois Proof of Concept award. The OTM has a page describing the award. We are thrilled to benefit from it - stay tuned for more information on our upcoming soil testing device.
This post is way long overdue. In the Fall of 2008, (or was it 2007?) I taught a small module in the ABE 221 course dealing with automation in Biological Engineering. My hope was to create a home-made thermal cycler for less than $1000. Of course many people in the DIYBio community have constructed thermal cyclers for way less, and truly, you probably don't need to pay more than $300-400 (perhaps even less) to build a reasonably good quality one.
Anyway - here's what we built. We had the following goals:
Dropbox doesn't cut it for collaborative work where multiple people want to make changes to a document. And no Track Changes doesn't work either. So we have now set up a distributed version control system called Git.
Here is a really good book for understanding and using Git. Of course, since all our work is 'top secret', we have restricted access to everyone using git. If I have asked you to join a git project, here's what you need to do:
Stay tuned for a fresh new look for our website! We have just completed migration to our new web server - some links might still be broken.