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February 23, 2009

Garage Genome Hackers

NewScientist describes a do-it-yourself movement in biotechnology, specifically in the area of synthetic biology, which uses genes and cells as the building blocks for the creation of new organisms. The movement includes a diverse mix of people who enjoy tinkering with DNA in their spare time.

The science fiction website io9.com recently sponsored a Mad Scientist contest aimed at "mad scientists with homebrew closet labs, grassroots geneticists, and garage genome hackers." Contestants were asked to build a real life form using MIT's registry of standard biological parts known as "biobricks," or by using other scientifically plausible materials. The idea behind encouragement of this grass-roots movement is to bring a wider group of people into the field of discovery, similar to what happened when tinkerers like the Homebrew Computer Club of the 1970s spawned the first personal computers.

Posted by BlogAuthor1 at February 23, 2009 2:39 AM
category: Artificial Invention | Human Creativity

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