Professional Results in the real world

See how researchers around the world are using Bento Lab to change the way they work.

Using Bento Lab in a university laboratory

Professional Results in the real world

See how researchers around the world are using Bento Lab to change the way they work.

Trieste, Italy

Barcoding the underground world

Dr Josef Vuch studies Proteus anguinus, an amphibian that has adapted to live in hostile environments like the underground caves around Trieste, Italy. An experienced mountaineer, he uses Bento Lab for biospeleology research, including DNA barcoding.

“ This very compact instrument is ideal for domestic or field use.” 

– Dr Josef Vuch, Club Alpinistico Triestino

Auckland, New Zealand

Hands-on teaching

Lecturer Stephane Boyer at Unitec Institute of Technology uses Bento Lab to teach Molecular Biology to students interested in biodiversity. He also offers 1 or 2 days outreach workshops for school kids and the general public. Stephane’s research focuses on biodiversity assessment and species identification. He often travels to remote places to collect DNA samples, and using Bento Lab he can check that the samples are good quality before bringing them back to the lab.

“Bento Lab allows me to give each student real hands-on experience in molecular analysis. I want to put a Bento Lab in the hands of everyone of my students”

 – Stephane Boyer, Unitec Institute of Technology

Pembrokeshire, Wales

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, these samples are sequenced. 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

Renens, Switzerland

Decoding the DNA of Beer for precision brewing

Founder of BeerDeCoded, Gianpaolo Rando is on a mission to understand craft beer at molecular level. Inside a Swiss biohackerspace he prepares DNA libraries for sequencing 1,000 beer microbiomes with the Bento Lab. Portable genomics can also help breweries to understand their processes, benchmark new recipes and explore new brewing spaces.

“With a Bento Lab it is much easier to survive the postdocalypse and keep doing genetic research.”

 – Gianpaolo Rando, Beer DeCoded

Montreal, Canada

Engineering Medicine
and democratising science

As a founder of both the medical startup Hyasynth and a DIYbio community, Kevin is often traveling, speaking and engaging with the public. While the rest of his lab stays in Montreal, he brings Bento Lab with him to teach and demonstrate what a molecular biology lab is, and maybe also do an experiment or two.

“I can’t wait till my entire biology lab is the size of my laptop.”

– Kevin Chen, Hyasynth Bio