Marcus Wohlsen: Biopunk Kitchen Counter Scientists Hack the Software of Life



Ment of the world It s like a hippie biologist utopiaBy and large I njoyed 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 Water Music 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 Revived 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 Student Research Projects in Calculus 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 xtrapolate 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 from ntrepreneurs 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 Love for Imperfect Things 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.

Good book but already outdated This book is full of interesting and well researched vignettes about scientific mavericks doing high tech biology in low tech nvironments like their kitchens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 ordered Taking Instruction (Taboo, especially given the current regulatorynvironment But the Language and Linguistics experimentation is not unprecedented as the book also profiles important developments by biopunks in history Mendel forxample Their Divertimento excitement for biology is palpable and the book paints a picture of a biopunk s whole hearted belief thatveryone 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 trans. Bill Gates recently told Wired that if he were a teenager today he would be hacking biology If you want to change the world in 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 Love Is a Fairy Tale energy andnvironmental protection But as the hackers who cracked open the potential of the personal computer and the Internet proved the most revolutionary discoveries often merge from out of the way places forged by bril.

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Humanism to nanotechnology and the final third of the book skims the risks of DIY biotechnology and the counter arguments but not in context with the arlier vignettes 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 first heard about this book on Wisconsin Public Radio s To the Best of 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 book is 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 Bangkok Wakes to Rain 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 better. Liant outsiders with few resources besides boundlessnergy 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 its The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery early heady days aims to unleash an outbreak of genetically modified innovation by making the tools and techniues of biotechnology accessible toveryone 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.

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