creating competent cells in mineral water

On the quest to try to replicate the DNA transformation process in a kitchen-like environment, one of the obstacles is to create competent cells. These cells are degraded in a way that the alien DNA plasmid can flow into them, thus allowing the DNA transformation itself.

Maarten de Smit just wrote me that there’s a way this can happen in a natural setting, by using water that is high on Calcium, according to [Baur]. Imagine – DNA transformation in a bottle of still mineral water :)

Or would you prefer sparkling?

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