Biopolicy

DIYbio UK Summit, Manchester Madlab

Here’s a belated notice for those able to make last-minute flightplans. This weekend, the Manchester Madlab are hosting a DIYbio Summit, and the lineup looks great. You can book places for the DIYbio Summit on Eventbrite; please come if you’re able, there’s already a great crowd due to attend. As for Indie Biotech, yours truly will be giving a 30 minute keynote on the first day. I’ll also be helping to facilitate several workshops over the weekend, with plans ranging from in-silico gene design (or, “How do I go from Concept to Ordered DNA?”), a rundown on Irish GMO Licensing Law (which is rather similar to the UK system), and assisting Brian Degger of Transitlab.org in giving a Webcam-Microscope hacking workshop.

Biohacking and Ireland: A Forum on Future Prospects, Ethics and Law

It’s not too late for you to take part in the biohacking workshops that I’ve been facilitating in the Science Gallery this past week. It’s true, the wet-work is officially out of the way, and tomorrow’s session assumes some grounding that has been provided in prior days. However, the last day will focus not on the methods, nor even the knowledge of biotech. Instead, we’ll focus on the role of biohacking in society, with a particular focus on the transformative power of DIY biotech, the social responsibility and ethics that this calls for, and the particulars of Irish law regarding biohacking.

Current Projects at Indie Biotech

Update: I deleted my Google account so the video is broken. If I find it later I’ll re-up. :) Here’s some stuff I’m doing at the moment that you might find interesting. If you’re going to say “Hey, aren’t you supposed to be biohacking and genetic engineering and such?”, I’m awaiting a verdict from the Irish EPA regarding a site license. I’ll detail my experiences with the Irish GMO regulation system when I’ve come out the other end, one way or another.