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Diy bio

Jozef Keulartz, Henk van den Belt
Since 2008, we witness the emergence of the Do-It-Yourself Biology movement, a global movement spreading the use of biotechnology beyond traditional academic and industrial institutions and into the lay public. Practitioners include a broad mix of amateurs, enthusiasts, students, and trained scientists. At this moment, the movement counts nearly 50 local groups, mostly in America and Europe, but also increasingly in Asia. Do-It-Yourself Bio represents a direct translation of hacking culture and practicesfrom the realm of computers and software into the realm of genes and cells...
December 2016: Life Sciences, Society and Policy
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The rise of amateur biologists in Europe. Biotechnology is no longer the unique realm of traditional venues such as university or industry labs. In recent years a growing number of Do-it-yourself Biology (DIY-Bio) groups established themselves in Europe. On pages 548-551 of this issue, Seyfried et al. analyze the DIYBio community in Europe and provide an insight into the structure, challenges and aspirations of amateur biologist. In contrast to the hope (next generation of entrepreneurs), hype (regarding their technical skills), or horror (safety and security risks) usually ascribed to DIYBio, the authors reveal a realistic assessment of a small dedicated core group of semi-professionals trying to establish an open access version of biotechnology...
June 2014: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Günter Seyfried, Lei Pei, Markus Schmidt
The encounter of amateur science with synthetic biology has led to the formation of several amateur/do-it-yourself biology (DIYBio) groups worldwide. Although media outlets covered DIYBio events, most seemed only to highlight the hope, hype, and horror of what DIYBio would do in the future. Here, we analyze the European amateur biology movement to find out who they are, what they aim for and how they differ from US groups. We found that all groups are driven by a core leadership of (semi-)professional people who struggle with finding lab space and equipment...
June 2014: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
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