Is OpenTrons the Makerbot of biotech? In some ways.

When I was a molecular biologist, folks used to ask me what I did. I used to say, “Squirt things into tubes and wait.” OpenTrons takes that drudgery out of liquid handling for the usual molecular biology techniques (and would have saved me the last 20+years of tennis elbow). HAXLR8R, a hardware accelerator program, got, rightfully, excited with […]

The quest for the $500 home molecular biology laboratory >> Medical Laboratory Observer December 2011

“Molecular diagnostics and molecular biology in general are becoming more pervasive every day in a range of applications but are still seen by many as being an arcane science. Many undergraduate science curricula cover only the basics of theoretical components without exposure to laboratory practice, due to perceived cost and complexity of laboratory facilities needed. […]

Genome at Home: Biohackers Build Their Own Labs | Magazine

“A tiny spare bedroom is not an ideal space for a high tech biofabrication facility. To get to the one Josh Perfetto is putting together, visitors must walk all the way to the back of his mostly unfurnished house in Saratoga, California—through the kitchen, past some empty rooms, across a den with a lone couch—then […]

James King – speculative deisgner

Here’s another speaker for my proposed panel for SXSW [] on DIYbio. James King is a speculative designer working in the field of biological science to investigate the implications of future biotechnologies. He collaborates with scientists and works between the lab and studio to design potential applications for their research. Together they imagine what might […]

Cathal Garvey – indie biotech

As you might be aware, I proposed a panel for SXSW [] on DIYbio. One person who I think epitomizes DIYbio is Cathal Garvey. He’s builds instruments (the Dremelfuge), gives numerous talks (here at Ignite Dublin), gives workshops, compiled a practical guide, and even applied for a license from the Irish EPA. You can’t go […]

Follow our efforts to get bio panels into SXSW 2012

Folks, @thisischristina (and writer at SciAm’s Oscillator) and I both submitted panel proposals for SXSW 2012. We’re going to need some help getting into the program. Voting is from 15aug to 02sep with program announcements starting end of October. [see Panel Picker pages] Save this link [] to keep up with info about this process […]

“DIYbio: hackspaces, open source & f*ck yeah ethics” a proposed SXSW session

I’ve done it. I’ve submitted a proposal to SXSW. Alas, I was only able to submit one, despite all the ideas I had (anyone going to submit others, want to coordinate?) I can edit this until 05 August, then I guess the voting begins. Next step for me is to determine if it’s a panel […]

Designing Biology at SXSW 2012?

I’ve been thinking of what to do at SXSW Interactive next year around Biology. Biology at SXSW? It’s not as far-fetched as you’d think. The trends I see are the new bio hackspaces popping up, all the open source feeling around sharing bio tools, and so much discussion around design in biology. While SXSW Interactive […]

The Rise of Backyard Biotech – Magazine – The Atlantic

“The small industries and biotech freelancers springing up are, in some ways, like the divisions of the old behemoth drug company, but connected only by the tendrils of the Internet, and the relationships that grow so easily there. Rienhoff is contemporary biotech’s answer to the lost Renaissance man. He pulls the renaissance effect out of […]