Biohacking

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What

According to Wikipedia "[biohacker is] a term used to describe a hobbyist who experiments with DNA and other aspects of genetics. A biohacker (or "wetware hacker") is similar to a computer hacker who creates and modifies computer software or computer hardware as a hobby". - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biohacker#Biohacker

Why

DIYbio is awesome. Hackerspaces are awesome. From that follows that DIYbio in a hackerspace is double awesome.

On a more serious note, one really cool thing about this is that many people in the lab can get involved on different levels. The 3d printer and laser cutter aficionados can help in building equipment, programmers can get involved in the dryware hacking and other may like the actual lab work, making this a real "meta" effort.

Links

General info

Equipment etc.

Bio labs in Hackerspaces

Misc

Challenges

  • Find a space in the Metalab.
  • Finance the initial lab.
  • Deal with the authorities to convince them we are not bio-terrorists.

Planned Activities

Who's interested

  • citizen428
  • Bons
  • Cygenb0ck
  • philleb
  • Anita
  • lydschi
  • gaelic
  • meta
  • ndrst
  • Cristina
  • AndiS - I won't be much help due to time constraints but since I've actually studied Biotechnology I might have some good suggestions ;-) Count me in for some initial meetings at least.
  • dreaa - also studied Biotechnology and can help when I find the time :)
  • redtux
  • you?