Chapter 12. Are You BioCurious?

Biotech isn’t limited to labs anymore. There are cool hardware and low-cost hackerspaces springing up and being used by beginners and scientists. With this influx comes new ideas and new applications.


DIYbio, Do-It-Yourself biology, takes some unpacking. Telling people about “hacking biology” evokes many emotions: disbelief, amazement, and questions about personal safety and national security! Some wonder what sorts of miscreants would practice science in their homes (aka their dark, dingy basements) and some want to get their kids involved ASAP.

What a strange new world, this DIYbio! Literally, it is part DIY and part biology (also: hardware, software, community, ...

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