Manchester DIYBio (McrDIYBio for short and on twitter) is a new project, based at Madlab, supported by Manchester Metropolitan University and funded by the Wellcome Trust. It is part of a world-wide group, that is dedicated to making biology more accessible to non-scientists.
One Wednesday in the middle of May I found myself at Madlab taking part in one of their meetings. McrDIYBio have the aim of creating a map of microbes in Manchester. And on the evening I went we would be taking swabs from as many bus stops as we could and inoculating them onto nutrient agar plates. These plates were incubated at 25C for a few days and the results would be examined at their next meeting.
Photos were taken to document both the process and the resulting growths. Plans are being made to represent the results using various charts and maps. Exciting and certainly an interesting way to spend an evening!