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.

 

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On 19 September we organise a second workshop how to ferment your own food, a simple, healthy and energy-efficient technique!

 

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Discover the landscape with all your senses! Our Open Wetlab is present at the festival in the middle of nature.

 

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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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Are you interested in biotechnology, but you don’t have a background in either biology or technology? Follow the BioHack Academy.

 

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

 

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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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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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Pieter van Boheemen (Open Wetlab and BioHack Academy) will participate in the Border Sessions festival on Technology & Society on November 11th, 2015 in The Hague. This session is called "Well, why shouldn’t I design with DNA? Do-It-Yourself Synthetic Biology at your local community center".

 

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Help! We are running out of antibiotics! Time to dig ourselves out. In a series of three events, we will explore new resources and discuss the issues surrounding antimicrobial resistance. Biohacker Pieter van Boheemen invites you to Waag’s Open Wetlab to learn how to hunt, grow, and test new medicines.

 

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In a series of three events, we will explore new resources and discuss the issues surrounding antimicrobial resistance. Biohacker Pieter van Boheemen invites you to Waag’s Open Wetlab to learn how to hunt, grow, and test new medicines. DIYantibiotica.waag.org Antimicrobial resistance is much more a social than a technical challenge. It is a direct result of our increasingly urbanised society, fed by large scale animal farming, centralised wastewater treatment, and abuse of prescription drugs. WHO warns that the current antimicrobial crisis could bring "the end of modern medicine as we know it". Time for action!

 

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Antibiotic drugs save lives, but it’s a finite resource. We all have to think twice before we tap into it.

 

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

 

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On the 28 September 2016 in Brussels, the European Commission jointly with the Parlamentarium (European Parliament) is organising a European Researchers' Night event.

 

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Many of the pets we keep and sell at the Red Light Pet Shop have some surprising talents and uses. Some of our pets can even be used to make ink! During this workshop, we will work with three of our pets (Arthrobacter Agilis, Arthrobacter Polychromogens, and Janthinobacterium Lividum) to make our own bio-based ink in a variety of different colors.

 

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Waag's Open Wetlab will be present at this year's edition of the Border Sessions Festival on technology and society in The Hague, on Friday July 6th.

 

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During our lives we age. But what exactly is this process of ‘getting older’? And why do some people age faster than others? During this workshop you will go into the lab and investigate the tardigrades. Subsequently, using bioinformatics we will have a look at the tardigrade DNA and compare it with human DNA and we will end the workshop by discussing what you think of ageing, longevity and what adaptations are legitimate to improve our lives.

 

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Waag once again participates in the ViennaOpen festival for Open Design, that will be held in Vienna (Austria) on 9 & 10 April 2015. Pieter van Boheemen of our Open Wetlab will present our activities and give a workshop.

 

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This evening of Do It Together Biology is all about using vegetables and organisms for health and food in the comfort of your own home. However, this will not be your average home gardening night. Green science and art take over. A Super Food Bioreactor, the power of Spirulina and air purifying plants take the scene.

 

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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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4-02-2018

Next trends

Pieter van Boheemen (Open Wetlab Waag) speaks at the Next Trends event in Lausanne, Switzerland on the topic "The mutualistic manifestations in our art science crossbreeding lab".

 

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For the 4th VLAG PhD Lunch, the VLAG PhD council will host Pieter van Boheemen, who will explain the aspects of Do It Yourself (DIY) biology, a concept which was created to bring research to the public and build the bridge between different scientific fields. Pieter is a life science technologist and works as a project developer for Waag's Open Wetlab where he mixes his Genomics degree with a lot of experience in IT.

 

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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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The DIY Bio Groningen group is building a new PCR device.

 

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

 

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On the 15th of October, a DIYbio Europe event will take place in Brussels with the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Network. COST is one of the longest-running European frameworks supporting cooperation among scientists and researchers across Europe.

 

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Our Open Wetlab will be present at the Re-new festival in Copenhagen on 28 October 2013, in the person of Pieter van Boheemen, to give a workshop DIY Bio in collaboration with Martin Malthe Borch.

 

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Create your own bioart project growing yeast! During this 3-day edition of Do It Together Bio with Dr. Jennifer Willet you will learn how to cultivate samples of yeast from your local environment. The exhibition takes place at the official opening of our Open Wetblab. The workshop is hosted at Amstel Park and at the Open Wetlab at the Waag on 19, 20 and 21 June.

 

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At OHM 2013 Pieter van Boheemen (Open Wetlab) will provide you with a blue print in flux for your own open source biology lab. Using Innoculab, you will experiment hands-on with two open source DIY biology projects.

 

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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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On October 6th, Lucas Evers (Open Wetlab) will present 'Do It Together Biology - Synergy between Creativity and Synthetic Biology' at the SynCity festival in Wageningen.

 

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Where is the Science Bus in Europa? Here's the travel schedule of our citizen science bus.

 

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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.

 

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We welcome all curious minds for the kick-off of the European tour of the Science Bus. Join us for workshops in the afternoon after which we will see off the Science Bus to their first destination.

 

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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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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).

 

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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.

 

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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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Is CRISPR the biotechnology that will change the world as we know it?

 

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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.

 

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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'.

 

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In this workshop we wil talk with experts on the communication between soil microbes and plants to explore which bacteria would take best care of your plants.

 

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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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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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Our Open Wetlab and it's founder, Pieter van Boheemen, are part of an exhibition at the Science Museum in London, called 'Beyond the Lab: The DIY Science Revolution', that opens on 7 July 2016. Newspaper The Guardian already wrote an interesting article about the upcoming exhibition: Citizen science: how the net is changing the role of amateur researchers.

 

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Thousands of ants visited Waag on June 3rd, under the supervision of German artist, audiovisual naturalist and ant lover Kuai Shen.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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In a new vpro YouTube-series called Zelfgemaakt (Homemade), Pieter van Boheemen explains every week how to make something. The broadcasts are in Dutch.

 

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21-01-2016

Homemade

In the series Zelfgemaakt (Homemade), Pieter van Boheemen presented interesting make projects that you can do at home with simple tools and materials.

 

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Labs are becoming smaller and smaller. So small even, that they will soon fit in your smartphone.

 

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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.

 

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27-11-2015

DIY Antibiotics

BioStrike is an ongoing project in a collective of Do It Yourself Biotechnologists (DIYBio) aiming to solve this tragedy of the commons. At festivals, community labs, schools and universities popup events were held. A collaborative online tool, a "Community Starter Kit" and a workshop format are in development to synergize efforts.

 

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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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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.

 

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9-10-2015

Pet Shop

With the Pet Shop, opened during the Dutch Design Week and Museum Night in Amsterdam for the first time, Waag strives to make biotechnology more accessible to society.

 

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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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Finally, genetic engineering is now officially allowed in Waag's Open Wetlab! The Ministry has granted us the right to program the DNA of bacteria in our lab for bioart, biodesign and biohacking.

 

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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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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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Waag's Open Wetlab is present at the SXSW (South by Southwest) 2015 festival in Austin, Texas (USA). Our biotechnology lab presents five projects at the festival, on invitation of the Fund Creative Industries NL.

 

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The Dutch Commission Genetic modification (COGEM) has published a report on the use of genetic modified organisms in exhibitions.

 

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This study is investigation into the development of the Do It Yourself Biology (DIYBio) movement in The Netherlands. The report was commissioned by the COGEM, an advisory committee on genetic modification to the Dutch government.

 

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

 

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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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The European KiiCS Award on arts and science for innovation went to “Lab Easy: DIY Biology for the Bio-Curious” – a new educational concept, and to “Slave for Love” – an oxytocin detecting device.

 

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Willem Duijvelshoff visited our event Do It Together Bio about Hacking HIV for Motherboard and reports (in Dutch).

 

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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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The definition of Do-It-Yourself Bio (DIY Bio) is not trivial. So when the Dutch governmental advisory committee on genetic modification asked us to write a report on DIY Bio in The Netherlands we were faced with the challenge to create a definition beyond the often portrayed “I don't know what it is, but recognize it when I see it” argument.

 

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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?

 

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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.

 

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In this workshop we will run DNA tests, like they do in the CSI series. Within five interactive workshops, we are going to show youngsters between 14 and 17 years old what biotech is all about.

 

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Running DNA tests, creating electricity with biologic materials or using muscle power to make sounds? Within three interactive workshops Waag showed youngsters between 14 and 17 years old what biotech is all about.

 

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In this workshop we are going to make bio fuel cells.

 

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Come explore DIY neurology on 4 April 2014! We make some easy hacks: take control over someone else's arm, hear a neuron spike and build your own cyborg.

 

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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.

 

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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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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.

 

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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.

 

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During this workshop we will actively discuss your motivation and explore the current limitations and boundaries. You are invited to group up and work on proposals for your DIY projects that include or facilitate genetic modification.

 

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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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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.

 

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On Friday, the 2nd of August, we participated at OHM 2013 (Observe Hack Make 2013), with two different workshops. The challenge was not only to successfully present the workshops, but to intrigue participants from all around the world to observe, hack, make with us and interact with each other.

 

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

 

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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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Last year at Kickstarter the project Twine was launched, a turquoise box full of sensors. The promise of this device with a standard set of accelerometers, thermometers and other sensors was that you could easily set up a measuring device, that can send you alerts wirelessly when a certain preset condition is met.

 

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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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Hear everything about the Living Mirror project and join in hands-on experiments on synthetic Biology Art.

 

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

 

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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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DIY Bio is about democratization and demystification of biotechnology, by enabling as many people as possible to do independent biotechnological experiments.

 

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On Friday, November 16 we will continue building an Open Wetlab at the Waag. Here we work with do-it-yourself biologists on new machines, techniques and protocols. So that 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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PICNIC Festival ’12 will be a two day, international gathering dedicated to exploring the theme “New Ownership: the shift from top down to bottom up”. This theme will be explored through lectures, specials (interactive discussions and debates) and co-creation workshops/labs which focus on developing concepts, prototyping, tinkering and plain, old playing around.