Welcome to Boston Leadership Institute Biological Research Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology
Jim Dixon Sharon High School Leroy The Mule Bryce Canyon
What is Life? • How would you define Life? • What are it’s characteristics? • I mean, you know it when you see it right?
Commonly listed Characteristics of life • Is made of Cells • Contains DNA • Maintains homeostasis • Has metabolism • Reacts to the environment • Grows and develops • Reproduces • Evolves (as a population)
Is Leroy alive? • Where do Mules come from?
What is a machine? • A device consisting of fixed and moving parts that modifies mechanical energy and transmits it in a more useful form. • A system or device for doing work, together with its power source and auxiliary equipment. • A system or device, that performs or assists in the performance of a human task
Is Leroy a machine? • Can there be a living machine? • Does a machine have to be made by humans?
What will we doing in camp? • Experiments and research • Discussions • Hopefully having fun • You will….
Your Project • Research an example of biotechnology or synthetic biology. • Design a genetic machine • Report to us (Power Point)