Inspired by hackerspaces and hobbyist groups like the Homebrew Computer Club, intrepid citizen scientists are taking the tools of synthetic biology into their own hands. At community labs like Brooklyn’s Genspace
, the Bay Area’s BioCurious
, and Baltimore’s BUGSS
, members play around with PCR machines and bioprinters, extract their own DNA, and make bacteria glow in the dark. We’ll hear about some of their biology hacks and ask what’s safe in a DIY lab.