Open source and DIY hardware for DNA nanotechnology labs


  • Tulsi R. Damase University of Idaho
  • Daniel Stephens University of Idaho
  • Adam Spencer University of Idaho
  • Peter B. Allen University of Idaho



DNA, DNA nanotechnology, open source, open source scientific hardware


A set of instruments and specialized equipment is necessary to equip a laboratory to work with DNA. Reducing the barrier to entry for DNA manipulation should enable and encourage new labs to enter the field. We present three examples of open source/DIY technology with significantly reduced costs relative to commercial equipment. This includes a gel scanner, a horizontal PAGE gel mold, and a homogenizer for generating DNA-coated particles. The overall cost savings obtained by using open source/DIY equipment was between 50 and 90%.

Author Biography

Peter B. Allen, University of Idaho

Department of Chemistry

Assistant Professor


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How to Cite

Damase TR, Stephens D, Spencer A, Allen PB. Open source and DIY hardware for DNA nanotechnology labs. J Biol Methods [Internet]. 2015Aug.31 [cited 2021Jul.28];2(3):e24. Available from: