Gene Gun Hack

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Gene Gun Hack

A gene gun is a scientific instrument— a bio-ballistics device used to shoot a particle of gold coated with DNA into a cell. Once inside, the injected DNA can separate from its carrier particle and become integrated into the cell’s genetic material. The gene gun is thus one of the most important tools used in modern biology. Many of today’s genetically modified plants have been produced with this technology. But at several thousand euros apiece, its high retail price meant that only professional labs could afford to own this piece of basic scientific equipment. Then, biologist Rüdiger Trojok succeeded in building a gene gun of his own, and in slashing the cost to a mere 50 euros. The possibility of setting up an in-home lab and experimenting with new life forms are thus within reach of many more people than ever before.

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Credits: Rüdiger Trojok (DE), 2012

The gene gun prototype was developed and first displayed as part of a collaborative project at Medical Museion in Copenhagen, under the EU Studiolab framework.