biohacking

The activity of exploiting genetic material experimentally, free from standard norms and limited expectations. A form of do-it-yourself biology: a social movement in which individuals and organizations pursue biology and life science with tools equivalent to those of professional labs.

 

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On 16 May we will be fermenting food in a workshop: a simple, healthy and energy-efficient technique of food preservation.

 

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During the conclusion of our annual BioHack Academy, the participants presented their work and received the BioHack Academy Award.

 

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An evening with Rosanne Hertzberger about bacteria in the human body and creating an low-oxygen environment.

 

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Did you know that you can also follow the BioHack Academy online? All lessons are recorded and shown on the video channel.

 

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On April 2nd, all students of this year's BioHack Academy will present their work at Waag.

 

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Roland van Dierendonck of Waag will give a workshop biohacking at Tetem in Enschede and at Culturhus Borne.

 

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Have a look at the projects of participants in the BioHack Academy, an international programme organised by Waag.

 

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Roland van Dierendonck is one of the guests at the Tegenlicht meetup 'Doctoring with DNA' on 13 November at Debatcentrum Sphinx in Maastricht.

 

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BioHack Academy #6 starts January 2019. Learn the basics of biotechnology, build your own open-source lab equipment and develop your own project. Deadline to subscribe is 1 November 2018

 

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BioHack Academy is a unique international 10-week programme, during which participants build and use their own biolabs. We are seeking new partner labs for the next series.

 

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The BioHack Academy #5 came to an end with final presentations and an exhibition showing the work of the latest generation biohackers.

 

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The students of the BioHack Academy #5 present their final project and receive the official BioHack Academy Award. Together we cheers to our newest generation biohackers.

 

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In February, Tegenlicht visited the BioHack Academy to witness an experiment with genetic manipulation. Sunday March 25, the episode 'Doctoring with DNA' was broadcasted.

 

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Roland van Dierendonck is a guest at the Tegenlicht meetup 'Doctoring with DNA' on 28 March at Pakhuis de Zwijger.

 

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Interested in DIYBio but don’t know where to start? Come and join the next BioHack Academy!

 

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"Trust Me, I'm an Artist” is an internationally renowned series of events debating the ethical issues that arise when art meets science. Can and should an artist exhibit fragments of wild DNA that have the potential to cause antibiotic resistance in infectious diseases in order to raise awareness of this sublime existential risk?

 

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Join a two-day hands-on event focussed on programmable microfluidics, biology and AI organised by Dutch DIY member and Open Wetlab fellow Frederico M.

 

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Waag’s Open Wetlab presents three Do It Together Biology workshop sessions at Border Sessions in The Hague on June 28th: ‘Our secret CRISPR Desires’, ‘Do It Yourself Human Enhancement Clinic’ and ‘Aliens in Green’ with outstanding artists, hackers and designers, thinkers and scientists.

 

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After three successful BioHack Academies in 2015 and 2016, we proudly present the fourth generation of BioHackers of 2017.

 

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The BioHack Academy is a 10-week course, two full days a week, in which you learn how to design, build and use your own lab. Subsequently, you will perform a personal project with your own-build equipment.

 

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The first lesson of the world's first BioHack Academy: contruct the machines of a biolab.

 

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The second BioHack Academy is coming to a spectacular end. For the past 10 weeks, a group of students at Waag Amsterdam and Carbon Ideas Tehran have engulfed themselves in the world of biotechnology. Starting from scratch, they have learned how to build their own lab, from DNA analysers to centrifuges. On Tuesday November 17th, they will proudly present their own projects. Join us!

 

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15 September 2015 marks the start of the second BioHack Academy, to construct the machines of a biolab. This course of 10 weekly lessons is open to a maximum of 15 persons.

 

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On 23 February 2016, the third edition of the BioHack Academy starts, to construct the machines of a biolab. This course of 10 weekly lessons is open to a maximum of 15 persons. Learn how to design, grow and extract your own biomaterials, using only Open Source hardware you fabricate yourself. Whether it's a new type of bio ink, bio polymer or bio fuel, we'll show you how you can grow it yourself and share the results with others.

 

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Let's get our hands on biotic games during the Biotic Games Hacksprint! Inspired by the work of the Riedel-Kruse lab from Stanford University (see this video), we will spend one day tinkering with devices that let you interact with one-celled organisms or water fleas, playing with software to build games based on live video footage, evaluating previous prototypes, and dreaming up new ideas.

 

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Together with Ingmar Riedel-Kruse from Stanford University, Christian Schulz, Roland van Dierendonck and Pieter van Boheemen are organizing a workshop on Biotic Games during the Campus Party, May 25-29 in Utrecht.

 

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Every October, during Oslo Innovation Week, Oslotech AS and Inven2 AS organize the nonprofit Cutting Edge festival. This year, Waag's open Wetlab will be present at the festival with our projects Pet shop, DIY Antibiotics and Biotic Gaming. In a special room, Pieter van Boheemen and Xiamyra Daal will give DIY bio workshops.

 

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Pieter van Boheemen will give a presentation on 17 November 2016 at Biofabricate in New York.

 

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Pieter van Boheemen will give a workshop 'DIYBiology: Hacking Living Material' at the EU Maker Faire on May 31st. Fablabs, makerspaces and hackspaces are entering the domain of biology, making the required expensive technology low-cost and accessible to non-scientists. Such DIY devices, often referred to as ‘hacks’, enable citizens, designers and artists to explore the possibilities of working with living materials. In this workshop we will hack a webcam into a microscope and use it to examine several biological materials including your own DNA.

 

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Transmutation, Vitalism and Agency - a lecture by Adam W. Brown, Associate Professor, Electronic Art and Intermedia, Department of Art, Art History and Design, Michigan State University.

 

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Waag's Open Wetlab will attend the Joint Research Council of the European Commission event about “DIY-science: the challenges of Quality” .

 

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Pieter van Boheemen (Open Wetlab, Waag) will be one of the participating biohackers that will join the 'RocknRoll Biotech' course at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. His part of this course will take place on February 1st, 2015.

 

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Together we will mark the launch of the OpenBCI, the first fully Open Source Brain Computer Interface and award team Lucid Dreaming, last year’s winners of the first Hack the Brain edition. This Do-It-Together Bio workshop offers an open stage to all OpenBCI developers that would like to show-off their skills and hacks. The evening features an open stage where you get 10 minutes to demo your OpenBCI application.

 

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Pieter van Boheemen (Open Wetlab) will participate in the Bio-Commons workshop during the Pixelache festival in Helsinki from 6 till 8 June 2014. Pixelache Helsinki 2014 will be an international 2-day trans-disciplinary event focusing on the theme of “The Commons”, including bio-, urban culture and knowledge commons topics.

 

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Biohacker Craig Rouskey develops cures for HIV and Gonorrhea that he wants to distribute for free. We experiment with immunity and discover if biology can become open source.

 

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Our Open Wetlab's Pieter van Boheemen speaks at BIO-FICTION Science Art Film Festival during the session Homo communis: do it yourself biology out his DIY Bio work and Amplino's frugal health care innovation.

 

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Lucas Evers (Head of programme Open Wetlab) will participate in a synthetic biology workshop at the ECSITE Annual Conference 2014.

 

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A two day workshop where you create a design, print this using a hacked 3D printer and organic material, which is a fertile breeding ground for a slime mould - see how the mold grows and redefines the shape of your structure. What happens when living organisms grow on designed structures made of organic, super fertile material, shaped by you?

 

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Pieter van Boheemen (Open Wetlab Waag) will speak at the Webit Congress in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

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The Dutch newspaper Trouw published an article on 'DIY DNA' about two Americans who developed their own genetic therapy. Lucas Evers of our Open Wetlab gives his reaction.

 

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What is a biohacker, what does a biohacker do and why should anyone become one? With the BioHack Academy #5 around the corner we listed 7 reasons why.

 

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In a world where science is most often practiced in isolated labs, gaining access to the primary tools is of great importance to many independent researchers.

 

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MAD summerschool, sounds like a crazy summerschool but it actually stands for ‘Man and Design’ i.e. a design summerschool.

 

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Algae are the organisms of the future! Useful as pigment for the currently still polluting textile industry, as biofuel and additionally, also an important food source! It’s time to take action! Come build an algae reactor and and contribute to a better world.

 

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The Dutch magazine 'LABinsights' published an article in which Xiamyra Daal explains more about our Open Wetlab, the BioHack Academy and DIY bio at the Waag, titled 'Biohacken is not a kind of amateurism'. The article is available in Dutch only.

 

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During this workshop on 29 May 2017, you will discover what kind of pigments are secluded in algae and how they can be isolated.

 

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Some weeks ago, the fourth edition of the BioHack Academy started. During this international course, the participants build their own biolab. To be able to do so, they first learn about 3D drawing and everything about the electronics used in the equipment.

 

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A new week, a new episode of #OPENBIOTECH! In this one I’m showing you how to get in jail as a biohacker. Yep, that’s right.

 

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Het Praktikum is a series of themed nights in Dutch during which we unravel the latest biotech taboos and explore our own morals.

 

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The BioHack Academy is a 10-week course, two full days a week, in which you learn how to design, build and use your own lab. Subsequently, you will perform a personal project with your own-build equipment. On 31 January 2017, the fourth edition of the BioHack Academy starts

 

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During this workshop, we'll take a city tour to catch our own microbes in different locations around the Amsterdam city centre, using what we find as a way to create a microbial map of the city of Amsterdam.

 

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Lucas Evers (Open Wetlab) of Waag has contributed to a new publication of COGEM titled 'Gentechdebat op scherp'.

 

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During this workshop 'De Groene Vrouw', author of the book ‘The Poop Doctor: Baking it Brown’, will discuss how to best take care of the bacteria in your body.

 

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Are you're curious about how bacteria can make an excellent sous chef, come get busy in the kitchen during our Superfood Cooking workshop at the Pet Shop Food Bar.

 

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Want to harvest your own homegrown algae from a DIY micro-algae reactor? During the “hack your (super)food” workshop, you'll learn how to build a micro-algae reactor, how to inspect your crop, and how to process the algae as “superfood” to supplement your diet.

 

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Waag is opening its pop-up microbial pet shop in Amsterdam’s city centre once again. Microbe enthusiasts and foodies alike are very welcome at the official opening of the Pet Shop Food Bar.

 

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We opened the Pet Shop Food Bar at the Waterlooplein in Amsterdam in November 2016. We investigated for one month how our micro-pets can contribute to the future of our food.

 

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September 7th, the KNAW organised a symposium about gene editing. This is a technically interesting, scientifically exciting, and socially relevant subject. Thanks to the competent speakers, a clear picture was given of the temporary developments, possibilities and scientific challenges, particularly in Dutch universities.

 

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We went looking for bacteria in the red light district of Amsterdam, to map microbes in the area. An image report.

 

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Over the last four years, the Dutch Do It Yourself Biology (DIY Bio) community has continued to incubate and grow within the walls of Waag's Open Wetlab. Their research relating to biological applications of hardware, software, wetware, and other DIY tools is never dull, and there's always a twist. Why? Because its the participants who decide what to do during the open evenings, who inspire each other by sharing their research results, and who freely allow each other to participate in their projects. Last week, we celebrated the end of the winter/spring season. So now is a good time to look back on what we've done.

 

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Waag opened the world's first pop-up microbial pet shop in the heart of Amsterdam's Red Light District in the summer of 2016.

 

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During the weekly open Fablab day, we hosted a seven hour long, intense and fun Hacksprint about Biotic Games. Games offer ways of human interaction with different kinds of matter, whether it is a board game with friends or a dive into the digital world of computer games.

 

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After a successful first and second BioHack Academy in 2015, we proudly present the third generation of BioHackers of this year. During the graduation show on Tuesday April 26th, they will present their work.

 

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Tuesday the 22nd of March and Thursday the 24th, a two-evening workshop about genetic modification was organised by artist in resident Špela Petrič, head of the Open Wetlab Pieter van Boheemen and the Waag’s safety officer Per Staugaard.

 

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Genetic modification is something you can learn. Waag's biotechnologist, Pieter van Boheemen, shows in this video what steps you should follow to create your own glow-in-the-dark e.coli bacteria (if you have a permit to do so).

 

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On February 23rd, the kickoff of the third BioHack Academy took place at the Waag. During this meeting Pieter van Boheemen took his students on a journey through the history of biohacking. From Rembrandt’s anatomical lesson, via Dolly the sheep to the modern buzz around the CRISPR/Cas9 method, Pieter explained how the field of DIY biotech developed over the years.

 

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A main article in the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant (special magazine 'Sir Edmund') features a recent development in bio technology: the reprogramming of dna with the CRISPR/Cas technique.

 

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24-11-2015

Body of Matter

Body of Matter presents the work of ten artists that advance our ideas about the body. They explore its materiality, stimulation, quantification using technology, integration with alien matter, and, finally, its obsolescence by simulation.

 

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On Sunday 29 November, the Eureka! Festival wil be held at Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. Waag will be present at this science event with our search for new antibiotics at the Transformatorhuis.

 

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As we approach the end of the second BioHack Academy, the excitement to see the outcome of the participants' projects is growing steadily. The incubated microbes are dressing up for their upcoming finale, the Arduino boards have their final soldering touches, and the microscopes will be on fire!

 

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During the Museum night 2015 in Amsterdam, Waag opens the Late night pet shop in the Theatrum Anatomicum of the Waag. Get your microben now!

 

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De Petshop is part of the Dutch Design Week 2015! Put the 14th edition of the Dutch Design Week in your diary! DDW 2015 takes place from 17 until 25 October.

 

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The second edition of the BioHack Academy has began: brave biohackers from all over the world are taking part in this exciting project, that will teach them how to build their own cheap and OpenSource biolab in Do-It-Together/Hands-On-Knowledge style, and start growing superfood, fuel, fabrics, natural pigments and much more bio-stuff.

 

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One of the most exciting frontiers is the growing field of biotechnology, and its implications for engineering, design, and art. As we start to create open source bio factories, we also create a new medium for expression. After the success of the first two editions BioHack Academy, the third edition is about to start.

 

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Waag is happy to announce that BioStrike, initiated by Pieter van Boheemen of the Open Wetlab, belongs to the selection of 36 honoured projects of the programme of 'The Art of Impact'. BioStrike is an ongoing project in a collective of Do It Yourself Biotechnologists and citizens aiming to develop new antimicrobials.

 

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Recently, the nominees and winners of the Royal Academy Awards 2015 in The Hague (KABK) were announced. The Academy Award Bachelor went to Eline van der Ploeg (Graphic Design), with a strong typographic work titled “Living Systems”. She developed her idea during the BioHack Academy of Waag. An explanation of the work can be found here.

 

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Last weekend, I had the opportunity (along with two participants from the Biohack Academy, Tamara and Giacomo) to represent the Open Wetlab at the Sónar festival in Barcelona. The Sónar festival is not just about music, but also about creativity, innovation, technology, and business (like, for exemple, Sónar+D). Over the course of three days, we shared a space with other institutions under STARTS umbrella from the European Commission.

 

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On 18 May 2015, the Athena Institute ( VU University Amsterdam) organizes a theatre debate on synthetic biology at the Theatrum Anatomicum of the Waag.

 

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A presentation of projects and a discussion about ‘bio-hacking’, moderated by Petran Kockelkoren, with Ine Gevers, organiser of the art manifestation Hacking Habitat in Utrecht, and with Pieter van Boheemen, of Waag's Open Wetlab, and initiator of the BioHack Academy.

 

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The artistic interest in life sciences is on the rise. However, the debate around genetic engineering for art remains undecided in The Netherlands. So I flew to Helsinki to join a group of biohackers in teaching genetic engineering to artists, “Rock & Roll” style.

 

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During the last week, I had the opportunity to be part of the Biohack Academy in Barcelona. The people in Barcelona form a heterogeneous group: bioinformaticians, biologists, pharmacists, and other scientists who are meeting twice a week, in order to build the lab equipment.

 

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Students of world's first BioHack Academy are graduating, and Waag is at the head of the game. In ten weeks, students from Waag's Biohack Academy built a fully functioning lab. Students built everything from homemade microscopes and centrifuges to handmade spectrometers and incubators—all with materials commonly found at home! On Tuesday, April 21, they'll present their work.

 

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A smooth flight from Amsterdam (during which clear skies enabled me to gaze at the frozen Canadian tundra for hours) took Chloé Rutzerveld and I to sunny Austin. We came to Austin to present our Open Wetlab and its activities at the SXSW Trade Show. An Open Wetlab at the Trade Show seemed like a strange combination (as we have no conventional trade), but this provided all the more conversation with the passing audience.

 

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In February, the first BioHack Academy started at the Waag and on location at partner labs. After completing this first BioHack Academy you can grow your own fuel, food, filaments, farmaceuticals, fragrances, fungi and much more funky bio stuff at home.

 

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On Tuesday February 17th, the BioHack Academy started on three continents. In São Paulo, Barcelona, New Mexico and Amsterdam participants gathered and connected by videostreaming to the first lecture by Pieter van Boheemen.

 

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After completing this first BioHack Academy you can grow your own fuel, food, filaments, farmaceuticals, fragances, fungi and much more funky bio stuff at home

 

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On 22 January Pieter van Boheemen will give a workshop at the Open Wetlab of Waag for students of the Rietveld Academy titled 'In vitro materials'.

 

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A new year has started, a fitting moment for predictions. Which themes will change the image of 2015?

 

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In every corner of the recently opened Hackuarium in Lausanne plenty of unopened crates can be found. Autoclaves, acid chambers, bio reactors and lot of glass items are piled up to the ceilings - waiting, no, begging for a biohacker to give them a second life.

 

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Making paper and ink with the aid of bacteria? Sure! The participants of the 12th Do It Together Bio workshop at the Waag were not scared away by the strange smells of the bacteria. On the contrary. In no-time most of them were stirring away in jars filled with cellulose and pigment producing bacteria. It was such a lot that the smell of it lingered for a couple of days!

 

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Pieter van Boheemen will be present at the 24th Tegenlicht Meetup about the New Makers at Pakhuis de Zwijger on 17 September 2014.

 

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Our Open Wetlab regularly has guests working at their projects in our lab. Recently, Matilde Losi from TU/e worked at her 'Host' project here.

 

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While most of us think of ourselves as rational and reasonable beings, the truth can be quite the opposite. Especially when it comes to the field of medical biotechnology the discrepancy between what actually science is able to comprehend or cure and the vast amount of diseases our bodies may endure leaves a lot of room for myths and legends. Myths and legends that seemingly still prevail in the Quantified Self (QS) movement.

 

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Our fellow Maurizio Montalti has put the result online of three weeks of time-lapse recordings of a slime mold. It is remarkable to see the behaviour of this peculiar organism. The video is a result of the BioLogic workshop held at the Waag in January of this year.

 

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How do biological entities and digital algorithms relate to each other? How could the study of such interaction be visualised? And what would be the applications and the implications which could derive from such study? Which disciplines could be affected?

 

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The annual conference of the Chaos Computer Club might not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of biotechnology. Although in the midst of computer, food, car and even tamagotchi hacking biotechnology is not such an odd one out.

 

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In Hamburg, I learned about hacks for every piece of digital technology that I use. While sitting in the train back home, I tried to sort out the massive amount of overwhelming information, revelations and insights that were presented to me at the 30th Chaos Communication Congress (#30C3).

 

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The German magazine 'Business Punk' has published an article about our Open Wetlab.

 

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Experience 25 January 2014 what happens when living organisms grow on structures made of organic materials, intelligent slime molds colonize digitally printed designs.

 

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Pieter van Boheemen of our Open Wetlab will be guest on 24 November of a talkshow at Ciccionina in Delft.

 

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In June this year many BIY biologists from all parts of Europa came to Amsterdam for the opening of our Open Wetlab. Some members of the Hacker Space Groningen immediately saw the possibilities of the public lab. Back at their own FabLab, they started working on their own equipment. At the Mini Maker Faire they proudly showed off their results.

 

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On 12 November 2013, Pieter van Boheemen of Waag's Open Wetlab will be one of the 12 speakers at TEDx Youth Delft.

 

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Last Summer, our Open Wetlab organized a workshop DNA fingerprinting at the Observe Hack Make festival to bring hackers in contact with the Open Wetlab and Do-It-Yourself biotech. A video.

 

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Genetically modified embryos of Zebrafish injected with GMO algae are playing an important role in the artwork Errorarium by Adam Zaretsky.

 

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In biotechnology we have 'hello world' experiments too, that simply demonstrate that something works as it should. In genetics one can visualize and characterize DNS, this is sometimes called in CSI-like terms 'DNA fingerprinting'.

 

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Waag has opened the first Open Wetlab in the Netherlands at the Waag in Amsterdam.

 

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Bio artist Adam Zaretsky constantly finds himself on the edge of the legally permissible. His Errorarium, for example, is home to zebra fish embryos injected with algae. The aim is that these embryos grow up to be completely self-sustaining fish and that they can make food from sunlight just as plants do.

 

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Waag is starting the Open Wetlab: The Life Sciences Community Lab for makers, designers, artists, DIY biologists, scientists and citizen scientists. On June 21st the Lab will be officially opened with a ceremony, premiere and party with GMO beer! Come and join us.

 

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On Wednesday, April 27th it was time for the 5th edition of Do it Together Bio. The event was led by Laura Cinti and Howard Boland who are co-founders of the C-Lab collective and also winners of the latest Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award. It was a diverse event that included theory, practice, experimentation and discussion around bio-art, synthetic biology, magnetic bacteria and genetic modification regulation and lab safety.

 

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Webcams are nowadays almost always integrated in computers, so what to do with all those left-over webcams? Hack them!

 

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At Do it Together Bio #4 on 3 April 2013 we worked with Aliibrio ficheri, bacteria that are bioluminescence, made 3D prints with living material and we built a bioprinter from old HP printers after the model by BioCurious at Instructables. During the workshop artist Allison Kudla told about her work and Branislav Misovic and Jelle Boomstra shared their experiences with 3D printing of living tissue.

 

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Join our 4th edition of Do It Together Bio! We’ll be making a DIY BioPrinter and printing micro tapestries of living and decorative patterns.

 

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Work with do-it-yourself biologists and artists on bottom-up innovation: Do It Together Bio.

 

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31-01-2013

DIY Bioprinting

At Instructables.com, an instructable by BioCurious appeared that attracted a lot of attention: a DIY BioPrinter. Bioprinting is printing with biological cell materials. Think of it as 3D printing, but with squishier ingredients: human tissue!

 

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We’re making a fresh start with our Open Wetlab on November 16th. We'll be working with do-it-yourself biologists on bottom-up innovation: new machines, techniques and protocols – often cheaper than regular lab equipment, like a low-cost malaria tester. Anyone with an interest in biology and life sciences can get started in our lab.

 

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12-06-2012

DIY Bio

Monthly meet up for biohackers, open for anyone with an interest in DIY Biology.

 

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This session is to gain practical DIY Bio experience. This time we will assemble the OpenPCR for sure! The Fablab will be open, ensuring you can start turning your idea into reality instantly.