Biopunk Kitchen Counter Scientists Hack the Software of Life (E–pub)
Marcus Wohlsen ¼ 9 DownloadThe Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog's Life Quality and Longevity really Iecommend 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 genetic engineering and given in a fairly 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 the entrepreneurs working to make small cheap DNA No Beast So Fierce: The Terrifying True Story of the Champawat Tiger, the Deadliest Animal in History readers so that doctors can diagnose diseases inural 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 Close to the Land: The Way We Lived in North Carolina, 1820-1870 repetition I felt like I waseading a series of essays that had been published as stand alones elsewhere and had now been gathered and Berlayar di Pamor Badik repurposed into one volume I wish there had been a little lessepetition 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 L. Munatius Plancus read about the controversy surrounding GMO crops in general or about the privacy issues that will arise when genome mapping becomes cheap enough that it is available to everyone 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 theandom hacks that led to the computing Münchhausen's Pigtail, or Psychotherapy Reality revolution the fou. Bill Gatesecently 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 esides in DNA Biotech companies and academic esearchers 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 energy and environmental protection But as the hackers who cracked open the potential of the personal computer and the Internet proved the most evolutionary discoveries often emerge from out of the way places forged by bril. Nding of artificial intelligence and the information
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INTO HACKING TODAY THE AFTERWORD SOLICITED today the afterword solicited 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 unning throughout the book is the idea that life is less open to the open source movement that somehow bacteria and brainwaves are sacrosanct where electrical engineering is not The Steven Kurtz case where the FBI came after a SUNY Buffalo professor for his biohacking art projects emphasize not only the ethical but the legal Migrant Resistance in Contemporary Europe ramifications of DIY Bio If you want to be a hacker in this space you gotta have some gutsAccording to Wohlsen the hacker ethic is alive and well in the bio community I m inclined to believe him But will this hacker movement lead to the sameevolution and The Violinist and The Son of Redhead: Two Plays by Leonard Melfi riches as the personal computer Will personal bio lead to life extension global pandemics or will it end with strawberry DNA extractions The answer probably won t be clear any time soon But that s part of the appeal Wouldated higher if stories were Fairy Tales are True: Silent Reach from the Dunes to the Khumba Mela researched but this is not the only one book that tries to make biotech popular without probably much success when ineality it s the most important thing to give Galaxies in the Universe: An Introduction regulatory freedom on Problems Same like alwayseligious superstitions and fears Probably people just love dying and believing it s their fate This is a wonderfully engaging book about ama. Liant outsiders with few esources besides boundless 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 its early heady days aims to unleash an outbreak of genetically modified innovation by making the tools and techniues of biotechnology accessible to everyone 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. .biotechnology The gadgets you have in your kitchen give you better tools than those that were available in aThe gadgets you have in your kitchen give you better tools than those that were available in a 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 buy a device the size of a USB drivethat plugged into a USB port on your computer Put a biological sample in it and the device cangets plugged into a USB port on your computer Put a biological sample in it and the device can 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 grow efficiently esistant 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 Philosophy in Social Work recommend this book to all those interested in biology and the hacking culture. A new breed of hackers who aren't afraid to get their hands wet from entrepreneurs 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 explores theisks of DIY bioterrorism the possibility of genetic engineering experiments gone awry and whether the ability to design life from scratch on a laptop might come sooner than we thin.