diy bio

Do-it-yourself biology (DIY biology, DIY bio) is a growing biotechnological social movement in which individuals, communities, and small organizations study biology and life science using the same methods as traditional research institutions. DIY biology is primarily undertaken by individuals with extensive research training from academia or corporations, who then mentor and oversee other DIY biologists with little or no formal training. This may be done as a hobby, as a not-for-profit endeavor for community learning and open-science innovation, or for profit, to start a business.

 

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

 

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.

 

The Science Bus and its crew are under way. Till November 2017 the Science Bus will tour through Europe bringing workshops and tools to investigate the world around you.

 

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.

 

The approaching merge of bio and information technology influences the way in which we can alter living organisms and the speed of this development. We understand more about the building blocks of life, and have an increased opportunity to program life (with technologies like CRISPR).

 

The speed at which our biotechnological world is changing makes it difficult to reflect on how we feel about it. Het Praktikum offers a platform for this, during the first edition we analyzed CRISPR technology and debat.

 

Xandra van der Eijk worked at the Open Wetlab for two months and now calls herself a ‘biology pro’. What happened, we wanted to know.

 

The creaky wooden floor in the Theatrum Anatonicum of the Waag was covered in white, the vodka for a DNA extraction experiment was ice cold, and the 3D printer warming up. Waag's Do-It-Yourself Healthcare Clinic was about to open its doors to the public—or, rather, to prospective creators and 'patients'.

 

Researchers, policymakers and representatives of the pharmaceutical industry met in Groningen at the Antibiotics-Now! conference to speak about antibiotics. The title of the conference sounds catchy and expresses humanity's urgent need for new antibiotics. Although I cannot argue with this call to action, I would like first to pause for a moment to reflect on the situation surrounding antibiotics.

 

Our Open Wetlab is for anyone who is interested in learning about and making new cool bio-concepts and bio-things.

 

During the debut of Waag's Petshop project, we exhibited the individual work of one of the project's initiators: María Boto Ordoñez. María is the founder of PET*IT, a line of designer accessories and toys for microorganisms. Recently, we decided to ask María about where she got her inspiration for treating microorganisms as pampered pets.

 

3-11-2015

Got microbes?

Each October, thousands of designers gather in the city of Eindhoven to present their works to the public during Dutch Design Week. This year, Waag wondered: what would it look like if we treated micro-organisms with the same care and attention that we give to our dogs, our cats, our fish—even our plants? To explore this question, we brought to life the microbial pet shop from the Open Wetlab.

 

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.

 

The New Material exhibition opened in the New Institute in Rotterdam includes two projects that were realized in the Open Wetlab.

 

With the global population possibly growing towards 10 billion people in 2040, finding a solution for the world's food problem is becoming increasingly more urgent. What if you could provide your own proteins, by growing algae at home?

 

For the second time I was a guest at Zapplive, a live broadcasted show on television. This time I worked with the kids on an experiment in neuroscience. With a simple setup you can show how the brain is controlling our muscles. Every move we make starts at our brains: from kicking a ball to making a boxing movement.

 

In November 2013 Pieter van Boheemen of Waag's Open Wetlab was one of the twelve speakers at TEDxYouth Delft, TEDx talks for young people on location. Pieter told about his experience in the Open Wetlab, a open space where anyone can work with e.g. DNA, proteins or bio-reactors.

 

In January 2014, we organise a two-day DIY Bio-Logic workshop during which designers, biohackers, artists, developers and architects make 2/3D structures of organic, super fertile material which will be colonized by living organisms.

 

This year's digital art forum Re-New in Copenhagen featured several exciting works of video, sound and interaction art. Although biotechnology is not often regarded as a medium, a number of biotechnological performances and installations effectively bridged this gap.

 

The European network of Do-It-Yourself Biologists (DIYBio) is growing. Apart from it's informal mailing list, it is exploring additional tentative meaningful purposes for it's existence. That's why the network was invited by the COST action on Tuesday October 15 in Brussels.

 

On Monday August 5th 2013, an article appeared in the financial daily newspaper 'Financieel Dagblad' about new workspaces with expensive machines. Our Open Wetlab is introduced as one of them by Pieter van Boheemen.

 

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