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Do It Together Bio #6: Life by Design

Programming a computer with software is much easier than soldering electrical circuits. Does the same principle apply to living organisms? Yes! All you need to do is learn how to rewire living cells, by reading and writing living code.

During this meetup you will learn how to design your own genes using a genetic open-source computer-assisted-design (CAD) tool (not as hard as it sounds!). Step by step we will isolate a piece of living code from a natural organism, adjust it to our own preferences, watermark it with the Open Wetlab DNA label, build a new synthetic light-induced genetic circuit and execute the code.

About Do It Together Bio
During Do It Together Bio workshops you get to work with do-it-yourself biologists, scientists and artists to experiment on the intersection of art, design and biotechnology. The workshops exist of a mix between hands-on activitites, reflections and presentations of artists and scientists. In recent episodes we built new machines, such as the Bioprinter, techniques and protocols - often cheaper than the regular lab equipment. The people behind the Do It Together Bio workshops are Pieter van Boheemen (certified bio-engineer and DIY biologist) and Lucas Evers (head of Waag's Open Wetlab).

Watch the video records of Do It Together Bio here.


  • 18:00 Dinner
    You can join us for dinner. Bring your own take away food, while we provide plates, cutlery and beverages.
  • 19:00 Presentation
    Programming living code
  • 19:30 Workshop
    Design a functional piece of DNA code (bring your laptop!)
  • 21:00 Presentation
    Artistic views on synthetic life, digital evolution and and synthetic crystals by Not Not (Maria Verstappen and Erwin Driessens) 
  • 21:30 Presentation
    Soldering genetic circuits
  • 22:00 Workshop
    Design and simulate a living system (bring your laptop!)
  • 23:00 Wrap up

Unlike previous workshops, the hands-on session will be solely digital and therefore very dry. If you want to be part of the workshop, be sure to bring your own laptop.

Friday 24 May 2013

Open Wetlab, Waag
Nieuwmarkt 4
1012 CR Amsterdam

Participation is free of charge.

Do It Together Bio is supported by Mondriaan Fonds and SNS Reaal Fonds. Do It Together Bio is part of KiiCS (Knowledge Incubation for Innovation and Creation for Science) that is supported by the EU; 7th Framework Program.




Waag, Nieuwmarkt 4, Amsterdam


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 288959 (KiiCS). Starting with #15, this project has received funding from the Europ