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Date(s) - Nov Tue 14 2017
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Counter Culture Labs


Join us for the inaugural meeting of a new community project at Counter Culture Labs: Kombucha Genomics! For all you fermented foods lovers out there, this is the project for you…

During the course of this project, we will study the microbiome of kombucha and other fermented foods, maybe even try to trace how starter cultures have been shared between friends across the world, isolate individual bacterial or yeast species, identify them through DNA barcoding, do whole genome sequencing on one or more of them, and then get into genome annotation, metabolic modeling, synthetic biology and more!

Kombucha including the culture

Kombucha is a fermented tea with a very complex symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts (SCOBY), composed of dozens of different species. It’s a health food; it’s a tasty fizzy caffeinated beverage; it even makes vegan leather – what’s not to like!

In this inaugural meeting, we will discuss the science of kombucha and other fermented foods, lay out our plans for this project, discuss other angles we can pursue, and scheduling for upcoming project meetups.

We will also organize a series of Lab Skills 101 classes on Saturday mornings to tie into this project,starting this coming Saturday,when Rikke will be teaching us all about making growth media, and safely using the autoclave and biosafety cabinet.

We hope to run this project in collaboration with our friends at BioCurious and other community labs around the world. If you cannot join us in person, you can connect over Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/820128495  Or, go to https://zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 820 128 495 . Or to call in by phone, dial: +1 (415) 762-9988 or +1 (646) 568-7788    Meeting ID: 820 128 495

Please RSVP on Meetup here: https://www.meetup.com/Counter-Culture-Labs/events/244983427/

Kombucha Genomics! New community project