The following is an excerpt.
Fred Turner, Young Engineer of the Year 2013, describes how he built his own PCR machine and other equipment for a home gene-sequencing lab. As he explains, new PCR machines (for amplifying tiny quantities of DNA) cost more than £2,000, so he set himself the task of designing and assembling one from scratch. His first research project aims to pinpoint the gene that has led to his mother and brother having ginger hair, while he doesn’t. The 2013/14 National Science and Engineering Competition is now open for entries
View the original article and video here: Young Engineer of the Year builds his own genetics lab – video