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projects mphasize not only the thical but the legal ramifications of DIY Bio If you want to be a emphasize not only the thical but the legal ramifications of DIY Bio If you want to be a in this space you gotta have some gutsAccording to Wohlsen the hacker Dinosaur Dinners ethic is alive and well in the bio community I m inclined to believe him But will this hacker movement lead to the same revolution and riches as the personal computer Will personal bio lead to lifextension global pandemics or will it In His Blood end with strawberry DNAxtractions The answer probably won t be clear any time soon But that s part of the appeal This book definitely has an interesting premise in its theme of do it yourself biohackers championing open sourcing of intellectual property in an Desert Kings (Deathlands, effort to pool research regarding DNA Don t let the science scare you author Marcus Wohlsen makes biology and the blueprint of life very accessible Inssence this work deals with young bright individuals who set up biology wet labs in their garages and kitchens and attempt to do for DNA what Bill Gates and Steve Jobs did for computers They are driven by the belief that free access to one another s findings as opposed to the strict confidentiality of the major biotech companies will lead to major discoveries and medical cures A pooling of intellectual resources so to speakMy first thought was concern that while this group is An Officer and a Spy earnestly seeking cures and diagnostic avenues there is bound to be another group bent on using the same technology with the opposite in mind While thethical argument is raised Wohlsen does not spend any ink on how real and present that threat is information which I would have appreciated in this age of global terrorismA number of interesting people are introduced who are involved in various forms of research and who have a variety of world views While some have smaller attainable goals in mind such as finding a less Exposed (Annika Bengtzon, expensivearly detection test for which insurance companies might be willing to pay Others see the Ooko end goal as being able tongineer life itselfWithin the narrow scope of those choosing to use their kitchen sink research for what most would view as positive goals Wohlsen s research is impressive As I said the flip side those who are intent on Naked evil is not covered at all However the book could use a goodditor to help with organization mine was a pre Shadow Scale (Seraphina, editing galley so that issue might well be ironed out and thending was rambling with odd inconseuential references to punk musicRanking I would give this book four stars for the Claim The Crown excellent job it does presenting the good side of bio hacking but I really felt that the opposite side needed to be told as well to lend balance to thethical uestions So I will round to four stars in those venues which do not allow for 12 star rankings but my true rating is 12 stars for lack of balance I am assuming the organizational issues and Nerds ending were worked out in thediting phase Would rated higher if stories were researched but this is not the only one book that tries to make biotech popular without probably much success when in reality it s the most important thing to give regulatory freedom on Problems Same like always religious superstitions and fears Probably people just love dying and believing it s their fate I received this book from Goodreads First Reads for freeI think it s absolutely hilarious that I won this book because it s about people deciding to do bio hacking in their own space and time rejecting the idea that good science has to come from institutionalized academia or biotech companies I ve worked in bothI initially thought the book would just be a bunch of case studies of people doing wacky xperiments in their kitchens in their spare time and I was pleasantly surprised to find that this book is so much than that There are several do it yourselfers in the book and Wohlsen does a great job of describing what they re doing the science behind it and why
They Re Doing It re doing it better he goes into some of the politics and rigidity presented by academic institutions and biotech corporations and how and why these individuals are working beyond those restrictions It also deals with the potential conseuences and challenges that come with this type of citizen scienceI think he did a great job of describing the motivations behind a lot of the bio punkhackdo it yourself movement Some of it is self motivated trying to discover whether or not you have the potential for a deadly disease in your genes without spending the thousands of dollars for a test the insurance companies disease in your genes without spending the thousands of dollars for a test the insurance companies t want to pay for or altruistic teaching the community about science or trying to find an inexpensive way to help poor rural areas detectdifferentiate diseases The thics and thought processes behind this DIY crowd is uite similar to the rest of the growing DIY movement but there are serious ramifications when tinkering with biological systems Bark especially with fears of bioterrorism abounding and I think he does do a good job describing themThe bio punkhack movement is intrinsically antista. Liant outsiders with few resources besides boundless On Such a Full Sea energy and great ideas In Biopunk Marcus Wohlsen chronicles a growing community of DIY scientists working outside the walls of corporations and universities who are committed to democratizing DNA the way the Internet did information The biohacking movement now in itsarly heady days aims to unleash an outbreak of genetically modified innovation by making the tools and techniues of biotechnology accessible to veryone Borrowing their idealism from the worlds of open source software artisinal food Internet startups and the Peace Corps biopunks are devoted advocates for open sourcing the basic code of life They believe in the power of individuals with access to DNA to solve the world's biggest problems You'll meet. .
Blishment and I appreciate that Wohlsen presents the bio hack vs institutional argument fairly balanced At first I worried that the book would be very biased against traditional research but it wasn t and I also feel he could not go into the positives of research in biggerbetter funded institutions without removing the focus of the book from biopunksWhat I really njoyed about the book and why this book Cannibal earned anxtra star is that the science in it is fairly solid As a biologist I get very tired of uneducated hack writers making biology or any science really incredibly wrong Mastered (The Enforcers, either skippingxplanations at all or making argumentsexplanations wildly inaccurate The science in this book was not 100% perfect but it was pretty damn close and for the lay person it s probably than good Man, Son of Man enoughI liked this book it sasy to read immensely interesting and gratifying if you are a biologist interested in a different side of science It covers the whole gamut from how someone can build something in their kitchen how they can fund it and the dangers andor inherent risks of doing DIY science It also debunks hysterical fears and gives a realistic view of what people can really accomplish and how natural curiosity and a drive to do better can turn anyone into a scientist This is a wonderfully Alter Ego engaging book about amateur scientists and technologists who are developing innovations in biotechnology The gadgets you have in your kitchen give you better tools than those that were available in a serious laboratory of a hundred years ago Technologies are developing so fast and become so much cheaper that we may be well on our way to the technological singularityYou can now buy a device the size of a USB drive that gets plugged into a USB port on your computer Put a biological sample in it and the device can seuence a limited segment of DNAOn the other hand you can send in a coded genetic DNA seuence ATCG to a company and they will produce that DNA seuence for the price of 39 centers per letterMost amateur scientists don t have the financial backing of an organization so they figure out how to do things cheaply They innovate and sometimes develop tools that do the same job as a store bought apparatus for a tenth of the priceWhat are they trying to do They are developing new marker tests for syndromes and diseases They are searching for cures for cancer and other diseases They are developing new varieties of vegetables that growfficiently resistant to pests and drought They are developing new DNA tests that allow consumers to cheaply send in a fish sample to verify that it is what a supermarket says it isThe culture of many of these amateur scientists is very similar to the open source culture of some software developers They contribute selflessly to a common cause Collectively they achieve things that individuals just cannot achieve aloneI highly recommend this book to all those interested in biology and the hacking culture I first heard about this book on Wisconsin Public Radio
S To The Best To the Best our Knowledge The idea of an underground movement of geeks and brains working on gene splicing in their kitchens and garages intrigued me and the subject matter dovetailed nicely with my in progress science fiction novel In true DIY fashion I borrowed the book from the library and gave it a
ReadThe Subject Of The Booksubject of the book romantic and intriguing imagine self trained scientists mimicking and refining larger scale xpensive ndeavors usually undertaken by well funded research institutions and corporations Now imagine that these Uncommon Wisdom experiments are done not only on the cheap but that the greatest desire of these scientists is not to make a profit though some do but to share the knowledge they ve gained for the betterment of the world It s like a hippie biologist utopiaBy and large Injoyed the book I did note however one chapter that strayed a little too far into the corporate and out of the homegrown science that Wohlsen seems to admire so much This really tested my patience just when I thought we would get further down into the specifics of some Unseen City experiments the author took what I felt was a side turn into anxample that was largely corporate rather than DIYOther than that one flaw I greatly Art enjoyed the book I m not a scientist but would havenjoyed going a bit in depth about the specifics of what these DIY scientists were doing rather than dwelling so much on the how or the why but I was able to learn what I needed to for my own research and with a little poking around on the internet learned God Is in the Crowd enough to tackle the problems of my own novel Worth a read and good for what it is but to give it five stars it would probably have to be significantly longer withxamples of what the biopunk movement is doing and how their results may or may not affect the larger world Maybe this is good since it forces me to Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard extrapolate my own ideas of what might be possible in a world of my own creatingAddendum A very interesting article on programming cells DNA as if it were a circuit The next frontier in Biopunk. A new breed of hackers who aren't afraid to get their hands wet fromntrepreneurs who aim to bring DNA based medical tools to the poorest of the poor to a curious tinkerer who believes a tub of yogurt and a jellyfish gene could protect the world's food supply These biohackers include A duo who started a cancer drug company in their kitchen A team who built an open source DNA copy machine A woman who developed a genetic test in her apartment for a deadly disease that had stricken her family Along with the potential of citizen science to bring about disruptive change Wohlsen The Matriarchs (The Family explores the risks of DIY bioterrorism the possibility of geneticngineering xperiments gone awry and whether the ability to design life from scratch on a laptop might come sooner than we thin.
Review Biopunk Kitchen Counter Scientists Hack the Software of LifeGood book but already outdated Very njoyably written set of articles on home brew biology as it When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) exists in thearly 2010s Reading through this book felt like reading a long pop science magazine focused on this topic There are lots of anecdotes about the people doing this It actually starts off uite tame describing people building diagnostic medical tests to test their own families and building inexpensive No Biggy! euipment or findingxpensive Crush It! euipment for sale second hand Only as you go on in the book do you see DNA manipulation and the like The booknds with a discussion of the risks involved I just attended a TEDx conference that included a speaker running a
Local Biohacking Lab The Talkbiohacking lab The talk on what they could do how they share information with other researchers and how they were using Attracting Birds to Your Backyard euipment that was home built for cheap or purchased for a fraction of what the functionality cost just a few years ago Many of the advances talked about came about after this book was written its copyright date is 2012 The cause of the strength of this area of non corporate research according to the speaker is the continued lack of regulations This continues to be a fast moving area and on that will get interest from the general public as time goes by and as things happen good or bad based on this research Biopunk remains a good introduction Despite the two stars 25 really I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a uick introduction to the topic of DIY biology There s a lot of interesting stuff here about synthetic biology and geneticngineering and given in a fairly Deep Listening easy to understand format The book highlights several people and small businesses that are working in the life sciences outside of large corporations or large universities There are thentrepreneurs working to make small cheap DNA readers so that doctors can diagnose diseases in rural areas There s a chapter about how farmers in India hacked GMO seed stock the old fashioned way by saving the seeds trading them and crossing them with their own native seeds to create a better plant and skip paying the licensing fees to bootMy main issue with this book is that it seemed poorly organized with than a little repetition I felt like I was reading a series of Bird-by-Bird Gardening essays that had been published as stand aloneslsewhere and had now been gathered and repurposed into one volume I wish there had been a little less repetition and a little depth While it s too much to ask that the author go deep on all of the issues he brings up I could have read about the controversy surrounding GMO crops in general or about the privacy issues that will arise when genome mapping becomes cheap The Works of Saint Augustine enough that it is available toveryone This book is full of interesting and well researched vignettes about scientific mavericks doing high tech biology in low tech Unbuttoning the CEO (The Suits Undone environments like their kitchens and garages and third world countries I worked in biotechnology and it was still a shock to me to find out the level of basement research that is possible did you know that strands of DNA can be mail orderedspecially given the current regulatory My Teacher Is a Robot environment But thexperimentation is not unprecedented as the book also profiles important developments by biopunks in history Mendel for Supper Club example Theirxcitement for biology is palpable and the book paints a picture of a biopunk s whole hearted belief that Moanas New Friend (Disney Moana) everyone should have open access to biological and technological advances and current information and affordable materials to understand and tinker with our own biology and test our curiosities The feasibility of this is not really addressed in the book outside the context of fears of bioterrorism and Outbreak but it would be an interesting debate which makes it a worthwhile read What made this book 3 stars rather than 4 for me is that it lacked cohesion The first third of the book contains the vignettes about particular bio hackers and their research the second third of the book ranged from transhumanism to nanotechnology and the final third of the book skims the risks of DIY biotechnology and the counter arguments but not in context with thearlier vignettes One of my favorite books so far this year has been Steven Levy s Hackers Heroes of the Computer Revolution Levy has a talent for humanizing these hackers and forging a narrative from the random hacks that led to the computing revolution the founding of artificial intelligence and the information age By the Professional Capital end of the book I found myself wishing that I d been around for a piece of the action Want to get into hacking today the afterword solicited Try biohacking Biopunk was Hackers without the decades of time between action and publication The biohackers profiled here supply intriguing provocations but so far they have not become major players in the synthetic bio movement A theme running throughout the book is the idea that life is less open to the open source movement that somehow bacteria and brainwaves are sacrosanct wherelectrical ngineering is not The Steven Kurtz case where the FBI came. Bill Gates recently told Wired that if he were a teenager today he would be hacking biology If you
Want To Change The Worldto change the world some big way he says that's where you should start biological molecules The most disruptive force on the planet resides in DNA Biotech companies and academic researchers are just beginning to unlock the potential of piecing together life from scratch Champions of synthetic biology believe that turning genetic code into Lego like blocks to build never before seen organisms could solve the thorniest challenges in medicine nergy and Berlioz, Vol. 2 environmental protection But as the hackers who cracked open the potential of the personal computer and the Internet proved the most revolutionary discoveries oftenmerge from out of the way places forged by bril.