Take your lab wherever you go
The mobile genomics setup. Combines centrifuge, PCR, and gel visualisation. Portable and ready-to-go.
Take your lab wherever you go
The mobile genomics setup. Combines centrifuge, PCR and gel visualisation. Portable and ready-to-go.Buy Now Watch Video
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From routine lab work, to sample preparation for sequencing in the field, Bento Lab is a professional grade solution for research.
Engage your students with cutting-edge biotechnology. Get hands-on with Bento Lab, a classroom-ready format.
Fungal DNA barcoding
As part of the Pembrokeshire Fungus Recording Network, David Harries documents and collects fungus fruit bodies. Using Bento Lab, the team extracts fungal DNA from tiny specimen fragments, to isolate and verify a “barcode” section of the DNA from each sample. Working with Aberystwyth University, the team send off these samples for sequencing. The information gained from the DNA sequences, combined with field observations and microscopical characters, contributes to a better understanding of the relationships between fungus collections in Pembrokeshire, UK.
“Bento Lab enables citizen scientists to explore fungal diversity and gain a better understanding of the science that underpins molecular studies.”– David Harries, Pembrokeshire Fungus Recording Network
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Rapid, on-site library preparation
In 55 minutes, Dr Sophie Zaaijer prepared a ready-to-sequence library for MinION, using Bento Lab for DNA extraction. Dr Zaaijer and the rest of the team at the New York Genome Center have developed a rapid, inexpensive, and portable strategy to re-identify human DNA called ’MinION sketching’.
BiOutils: biology in every classroom
BiOutils is a science communication platform from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Its mission is to support the teaching of modern experimental biology, providing material and know-how to teachers and classrooms. Active since 2007, its services are requested by 100% of the Geneva secondary schools and teachers enjoy with increasing demand its fundamental support. With Bento Lab, BiOutils brings classrooms an innovative approach to perform experimental biology, allowing every student to manage their own mini-laboratory!
“Bento Lab helps me fulfil my dream… bringing a piece of a real research lab into a classroom environment!”– Dr. Karl Perron, BiOutils group leader and Microbiologist
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Down in the depths of underground caves, biospeleogists are uncovering new species using molecular techniques, including DNA barcoding and Sanger sequencing.
Field mycologists (amateur fungal experts) in the UK have been using DNA barcoding to identify fungal biodiversity and characterise new species.
On a Mediterranean Ecology field trip, Dr Elizabeth Duncan and a team of students use Bento Lab to extract fungal DNA from bees, and run rapid PCR assays to identify Nosema infections.
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Towards Accessible Science in Biotechnology
Genetics and molecular biology are the fundamental technologies of life. They concern all of us. And yet, only a small number of experts have access to laboratories and specialist knowledge. This is a problem caused by equipment that is closed and expensive and hardware and software that is difficult to use.
Instead, let us look at how movements like Arduino or Raspberry Pi are empowering citizens to co-create and be technology-literate. By building a diverse community around inclusive and accessible molecular biology, we want to enable professionals and non-professionals to engage with genetics in an open and responsible way. This is for everybody: curious makers, ambitious students, innovative artists and cutting-edge scientists. Find out more about how you can get hands-on with genetics and help us build a better future for biology.