POC Kenya 2012 Presentations
Marc Dusseiller - Biohacking
We will conclude from experiences in the framework of "Hackteria | Open Source Biological Art" and in educational projects with science students, game-designers, artists, hackers and children. During these transdisciplinary collaborations and workshops we have developed a rich online resource of instructions to build DIY (do-it-yourself) laboratory infrastructure using hacked consumer electronics and also novel methods of cultivating creativity across disciplines and public dissemination of Bio- and Nanotechnology.
Ratmir Derda - Point of Care Production of Diagnostics
The Derda Lab is interested in simple solutions for biochemical assays and for culture of cells and bacteria in limited-resource environment. We also promote the concept of “point-of-care production” for point-of-care diagnostic devices. In this presentation we will demonstrate a functional, portable device for the growth of bacteria that can be created using simple materials. These devices are comprised of packing tape, sheets of paper patterned by hydrophobic printer ink, and a polydimethyl siloxane (PDMS) membrane, which is selectively permeable to oxygen but non-permeable to water. The devices supply bacteria with oxygen and prevent the evaporation of media for a period over 48 hours. The division time of bacteria in this culture are similar to the rates measured on agar plates and in shaking cultures. The growth of bacteria could be quantified using a flatbed scanner or a cell phone camera. The majority of measurement and fabrication procedures have been replicated by low-skilled personnel (high-school students) in a low-resource environment (high-school classroom). Accordingly, this platform can be used as both an educational tool and as a diagnostic tool in low-resource environments worldwide.