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Bill Gates told Wired that if he were a teenager today, he would be hacking biology. "If you want to change the world in some big way, that's where you should start-biological molecules."
Marcus Wohlsen chronicles a growing community of DIY scientists working outside the walls of corporations and universities who are committed to democratizing DNA the way the Internet did information. The "biohacking" movement aims to unleash genetically modified innovation by making the tools of biotechnology accessible to everyone. Biopunks believe in the power of individuals with access to DNA to solve the world's biggest problems.
You'll meet people like an entrepreneur who aims to bring DNA-based medical tools to the poorest of the poor and a curious tinkerer who believes a tub of yogurt and a jellyfish gene could protect the world's food supply.
Wohlsen also explores the risks of DIY bioterrorism and the possibility of genetic engineering experiments gone awry.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Marcus Wohlsen is a San Francisco–based technology reporter for the Associated Press. He is the author of Biopunk: Solving Biotech’s Biggest Problems in Kitchens and Garages.
Table of Contents
Part I Hack/Open 1
Chapter 1 Blood/Simple 9
Chapter 2 Outsider Innovation 18
Chapter 3 Amateurish 28
Chapter 4 Make/Do 37
Chapter 5 Field Testing 49
Chapter 6 Cheap Is Life 60
Chapter 7 Homegrown 69
Chapter 8 My Life 77
Chapter 9 Ladies and Gentlemen 87
Chapter 10 Cancer Garage 99
Part II Read/Write 117
Chapter 11 Reading 122
Chapter 12 Writing 143
Part III Safety/Risk 165
Chapter 13 Threat 171
Chapter 14 Outbreak 184
Part IV Life/Science 193