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Monday, May 5 • 16:30 - 16:44
Bio-Hacking: When Biotech Breaks Free

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The do-it-yourself biology (DIYbio) community is emerging as a movement that fosters open access to resources permitting modern molecular biology, and synthetic biology among others. It promises in particular to be a source of cheaper and simpler solutions for environ- mental monitoring, personal diagnostic and the use of biomaterials. The successful growth of a global community of DIYbio practitioners will depend largely on enabling safe access to state-of-the-art molecular biology tools and resources. We will show why and how the DIYbio community, in the context of a global governance development, is putting in place a safety/ethical framework for guarantying the pursuit of its activity. And finally we argue that the global spread of DIY biology potentially reconfigures and opens up access to biological information and laboratory equipment and that, therefore, it can foster new practices and transversal collaborations between professional scientists and amateurs.

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Thomas Landrain

Nominated for the project, "PILI"
Thomas Landrain is founder and CEO of La Paillasse, one of the world largest community labs that foster open science and technology. He claims that there is no monopole for great ideas and has been working on re-booting Science for the upcoming era of collective intelligence, within... Read More →

Monday May 5, 2014 16:30 - 16:44 CEST
01 The Circus

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