Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A portable lab for Biohackers, Educators and Researchers

How about a multiple-component DNA lab, complete with thermocycler, centrifuge and DNA electrophoresis box, all together in a device the size of a lunchbox? In addition the price is just a fraction of what the typical lab instrumentation would cost.

BentoLab just started a Kickstarter campaign to produce a first batch of instruments. And it is, with the prototype being set at £549 (€695, $740) for the ‘super early bird’ price and £699 (€885, $940) for the regular. Certainly better than the average cost of a standard laboratory PCR machine plus all the other components. The hope is that in the future, with a higher volume order this price could be set even lower.

Here is their Kickstarter video:

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