"Early days in a DIY biological revolution"
"We are the biohacking or DIY biology group at the London Hackspace, a mix of amateur and professional biologists, attracted by the potential of molecular and synthetic biology. Anyone is welcome, so get involved!"
"Nearly 50 cities, mostly in America and Europe, are now home to groups of biohackers or amateur laboratories where they can meet and experiment. Besides Open Wetlab, these include Biocurious in Sunnyvale, California, Genspace in New York and La Paillasse in Paris. The number of biohackers around the world is anybody’s guess, but the movement’s main online-mailing list boasts nearly 4,000 members and is growing rapidly."
"These do-it-yourself (DIY) biology labs are organized and run locally, often by scientists who work on a volunteer basis. Their rationale, as Ellen Jorgensen—cofounder of Genspace in Brooklyn, New York—sums up in a TED talk, was to expand the use of biotechnology beyond the professionals and to put the tools in the hands of lay people to use in fun and creative ways."