Discover Your Inner Frankenstein
May 19, 2009 12:23 AM Subscribe
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"In Massachusetts, a young woman makes genetically modified E. coli in a closet she converted into a home lab. A part-time DJ in Berkeley, Calif., works in his attic to cultivate viruses extracted from sewage. In Seattle, a grad-school dropout wants to breed algae in a personal biology lab. These hobbyists represent a growing strain of geekdom known as biohacking, in which do-it-yourselfers tinker with the building blocks of life in the comfort of their own homes.
" They might be discovering cures for diseases or developing new biofuels, but are their experiments too risky? Via.
Additional links from the article:
"In her dining room lab, Meredith L. Patterson
is trying to develop a bacteria that will glow green to signal the presence of melamine."
"This home experiment for extracting DNA from strawberries [YouTube video]
uses a zip-lock bag, a glass, detergent and some strawberries."
"Read more about Katherine Aull's
experiment in her closet lab."
co-founder Mackenzie Cowell explains some of the initiatives [Vimeo video]
, and the community lab the group is setting up in Cambridge, Mass."
The Biohacking Hobbyist
Biohacking: The Open Wetware Future
The Open Biohacking Project