dna

Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a molecule that carries the genetic instructions used in the growth, development, functioning and reproduction of all known living organisms and many viruses. DNA and ribonucleic acid (RNA) are nucleic acids; alongside proteins, lipids and complex carbohydrates (polysaccharides), they are one of the four major types of macromolecules that are essential for all known forms of life. Most DNA molecules consist of two biopolymer strands coiled around each other to form a double helix.

 

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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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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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As part of Trust Me, I'm an Artist, artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy are each taking multiple Ancestry DNA tests. During this event, the artists will present their findings and discuss the bioethical issues with a specially convened ethics committee.

 

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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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Marleen Stikker of Waag will take part in a panel discussion on GMO's, local versus global food production and the availability of healthy food at the 'Connecting the Dots' conference at Media Plaza, Utrecht on 30 January 2015.

 

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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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On Tuesday 22 March and Thursday 24 March, Waag's Open Wetlab organizes a special workshop on genetic modification at the Waag in Amsterdam.

 

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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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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.

 

Project

31-07-2017

Gene coop

DNA is the most personal data available. Where is your DNA stored? And with whom do you want to share it? We believe citizens should remain owners of their genetic data.

 

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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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Een avond met internationale kunstenaars Agi Haines (eerder artist-in-residence bij Waag), Steve Kurtz en René ten Bos, Denker des Vaderlands. Gezamenlijk bespreken zij de mogelijkheden en uitdagingen die zich aandienen nu de mens in staat is op celniveau het leven te herscheppen.

 

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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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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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At the Cutting Edge festival last week in Oslo, Pieter van Boheemen witnessed yet another debate on the future of genetic engineering. Unfortunately these debates often take the hope versus horror approach. Curing all genetic diseases versus pigs with wings. Higher agricultural yields versus designer babies. Dystopia versus utopia.

 

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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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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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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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Lucas Evers (head of Waag's Open Wetlab) moderates a DNA debate on 18 October 2015, as a result of the art installation Cellout.me by Jeroen van Loon. The artist is selling his DNA in his installation via the Internet for a year. What are the consequences of this, now and in the future? What is he actually selling? And what is it worth?

 

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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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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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Rijd met je auto een willekeurige stad in, grote kans dat je nummerplaat wordt opgeslagen. De fiets is daarvoor gelukkig nog een privacy-proof alternatief. Maar je DNA schudt je niet zo makkelijk van je af. Geen wonder dat spionagediensten zitten te springen om die informatie vast te gaan leggen. Minister Plasterk wilt DNA-databank voor AIVD toestaan (bron: security.nl). Reailiteit of een slechte 1 april grap?

 

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Currently, Claudia Marginean from Romania is working on the 'Mystery Meat' experiment, which we hope to turn into a workshop in the Autumn. She is looking at meat samples to identify exactly what kind of meat is in them. Can you trust the ingredients listed on your sandwich packaging... or are you on the verge of uncovering another horsemeat scandal?

 

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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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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 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'.