[Biopunk Kitchen Counter Scientists Hack the Software of Life] E–pub â Marcus Wohlsen

Biopunk Kitchen Counter Scientists Hack the Software of Life

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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 eadThe subject of the book is omantic and intriguing imagine self trained scientists mimicking and Taking to the Streets: The Transformation of Arab Activism refining larger scale expensive endeavors usually undertaken by well fundedesearch institutions and corporations Now imagine that these experiments are done not only on the cheap but that the greatest desire of these scientists is not to make a profit though
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do but share the knowledge they ve gained for the betterment of the world the knowledge they ve gained for the betterment of the world s like a hippie biologist utopiaBy and large I enjoyed 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 Selling Beauty: Cosmetics, Commerce, and French Society, 1750–1830 really tested my patience just when I thought we would get further down into the specifics of some experiments the author took what I felt was a side turn into an example that was largely corporateather than DIYOther than that one flaw I greatly enjoyed the book I m not a scientist but would have enjoyed going a bit in depth about the specifics of what these DIY scientists were doing Men of Empire: Power and Negotiation in Venice's Maritime State rather than dwelling so much on the how or the why but I was able to learn what I needed to for my ownesearch and with a little poking around on the internet learned enough to tackle the problems of my own novel Worth a A Gift of Time: Continuing Your Pregnancy When Your Baby's Life Is Expected to Be Brief read and good for what it is but to give it five stars it would probably have to be significantly longer with examples of what the biopunk movement is doing and how theiresults may or may not affect the larger world Maybe this is good since it forces me to extrapolate 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 I Bazaars, Conversations Freedom received this book from Goodreads First Reads for freeI think it s absolutely hilarious that I won this book because it s about people deciding to do bio hacking in their own space and timeejecting the idea that good science has to come from institutionalized academia or biotech companies I ve worked in bothI initially thought the book would just be a bunch of case studies of people doing wacky experiments in their kitchens in their spare time and I was pleasantly surprised to find that this book is so much than that There are several do it yourselfers in the book and Wohlsen does a great job of describing what they To Russia with Love: An Alaskan's Journey re doing the science behind it and why theye doing it Even better he goes into some of the politics and Punk Pedagogies in Practice rigidity presented by academic institutions and biotech corporations and how and why these individuals are working beyond thoseestrictions It also deals with the potential conseuences and challenges that come with this type of citizen scienceI think he did a great job of describing the motivations behind a lot of the bio punkhackdo it yourself movement Some of it is self motivated trying to discover whether or not you have the potential for a deadly disease in your genes without spending the thousands of dollars for a test the insurance companies don t want to pay for or altrui. Bill Gates Student Movements for Multiculturalism: Challenging the Curricular Color Line in Higher Education 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 planetesides in DNA Biotech companies and academic Confessions of an Unlikely Runner: A Guide to Racing and Obstacle Courses for the Averagely Fit and Halfway Dedicated 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 energy and environmental protection But as the hackers who cracked open the potential of the personal computer and the Internet proved the mostevolutionary discoveries often emerge from out of the way places forged by bril. Stic teaching the community about science or trying to find an inexpensive
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to help ural areas detectdifferentiate diseases The ethics and thought processes behind this DIY crowd is uite similar to the est of the growing DIY movement but there are serious Lauter alte Akten. Den von Formularen geplagten Zeitgenossen zum Trost, zur Belehrung und Erheiterung ramifications when tinkering with biological systems especially with fears of bioterrorism abounding and I think he does do a good job describing themThe bio punkhack movement is intrinsically anti establishment and I appreciate that Wohlsen presents the bio hack vs institutional argument fairly balanced At first I worried that the book would be very biased against traditionalesearch but it wasn t and I also feel he could not go into the positives of Cannibal Encounters: Europeans and Island Caribs, 1492–1763 research in biggerbetter funded institutions withoutemoving the focus of the book from biopunksWhat I eally enjoyed about the book and why this book earned an extra star is that the science in it is fairly solid As a biologist I get very tired of uneducated hack writers making biology or any science eally incredibly wrong either skipping explanations at all or making argumentsexplanations wildly inaccurate The science in this book was not 100% perfect but it was pretty damn close and for the lay person it s probably than good enoughI liked this book it s easy to ead immensely interesting and gratifying if you are a biologist interested in a different side of science It covers the whole gamut from how someone can build something in their kitchen how they can fund it and the dangers andor inherent isks of doing DIY science It also debunks hysterical fears and gives "a Ragana ir lietus realistic view of what people caneally accomplish and how natural curiosity and a drive to do better can "realistic view of what people can Beasts and Savages really accomplish and how natural curiosity and a drive to do better can anyone into a scientist This book definitely has an interesting premise in its theme of do it yourself biohackers championing open sourcing of intellectual property in an effort to poolesearch Beebo Brinker regarding DNA Don t let the science scare you author Marcus Wohlsen makes biology and the blueprint of life very accessible In essence this work deals with young bright individuals who set up biology wet labs in their garages and kitchens and attempt to do for DNA what Bill Gates and Steve Jobs did for computers They are driven by the belief that free access to one another s findings as opposed to the strict confidentiality of the major biotech companies will lead to major discoveries and medical cures A pooling of intellectualesources so to speakMy first thought was concern that while this group is earnestly seeking cures and diagnostic avenues there is bound to be another group bent on using the same technology with the opposite in mind While the ethical argument is The Future of the Public University in America: Beyond the Crossroads raised Wohlsen does not spend any ink on howeal and present that threat is information which I would have appreciated in this age of global terrorismA number of interesting people are introduced who are involved in various forms of esearch and who have a variety of World Views While Some Have views While some have attainable goals in mind such as finding a less expensive early detection test for which insurance companies might be willing to pay Others see the end goal as being able to engineer life itselfWithin the narrow scope of those choosing to use their kitchen sink esearch for what most would view as positive goals Wohlsen s Das Vermächtnis des Rings: Neue fantastische Geschichten J. R. R. Tolkien zu Ehren research is impressive As I said the flip side those who are intent on evil is not covered Liant outsiders with fewesources 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. ,

T all However the book could use a good editor to help with organization mine was a pre editing galley so that issue might well be ironed out and THE ENDING WAS RAMBLING WITH ODD ending was Die Stadt der Tiere: Ein Tierkrimi rambling with oddeferences to punk musicRanking I would give this book four stars for the excellent job it does presenting the good side of bio hacking but I Gendering the Trans-Pacific World really felt that the opposite side needed to be told as well to lend balance to the ethical uestions So I willound to four stars in those venues which do not allow for 12 star El show de Grossman rankings but my trueating is 12 stars for lack of balance I am assuming the organizational issues and ending were worked out in the editing phase This book is full of interesting and well Minor Marriage in Early Islamic Law researched vignettes about scientific mavericks doing high tech biology in low tech environments 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 basementesearch that is possible did you know that strands of DNA can be mail ordered especially given the current egulatory environment But the experimentation is not unprecedented as the book also profiles important developments by biopunks in history Mendel for example Their excitement for biology is and
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book paints picture of a biopunk s whole hearted belief that everyone should have open 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 eally 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 A Vulcan's Tale: How the Bush Administration Mismanaged the Reconstruction of Afghanistan read What made this book 3 starsather than 4 for me is that it lacked cohesion The first third of the book contains the vignettes about particular bio hackers and their The House by the Thames: And The People Who Lived There research the second third of the bookanged from transhumanism to nanotechnology and the final third of the book skims the Professor Unrat risks of DIY biotechnology and the counter arguments but not in context with the earlier vignettes Very enjoyably written set of articles on home brew biology as it exists in the early 2010s Reading through this book felt likeeading a long pop science magazine focused on this topic There are lots of anecdotes about the people doing this It actually starts off uite tame describing people building diagnostic medical tests to test their own families and building inexpensive euipment or finding expensive euipment for sale second hand Only as you go on in the book do you see DNA manipulation and the like The book ends with a discussion of the Kämpfer Der Hoffnung: Wie Ich Den Kindern Madagaskars Eine Zukunft Gab risks involved I just attended a TEDx conference that included a speakerunning a local biohacking lab The talk focused on what they could do how they share information with other Tell the Machine Goodnight researchers and how they were using euipment that was home built for cheap or purchased for a fraction of what the functionality cost just a few years ago Many of the advances talked about came about after this book was written its copyright date is 2012 The cause of the strength of this area of non corporateesearch according to the speaker is the continued lack of Big Muddy Blues: True Tales and Twisted Politics Along Lewis and Clark's Missouri River regulations This continues to be a fast moving area and on that will get interest from the general public as time goes by and as things happen good or bad based on thisesearch Biopunk emains a good introduction. 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 the isks 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.