December 2015

Friendly, Open, Innovative: the face of DIY biotechnology

2016-10-19T10:06:12+00:00 December 16th, 2015|English, News|

The mad scientist lurks in his garage, gleefully laughing at the petty concerns of government regulations while he chooses the next gene cluster to modify in his super-virus. A flask of last week’s experiment acts as a doorstop, one kick away from unleashing the apocalypse. Surely everyone knows that the Do-It-Yourself Biology crowd are a [...]

October 2015

How to hack a normal printer to 3D bioprint coronary arteries

2016-10-19T10:06:25+00:00 October 27th, 2015|News|

One of the most promising applications of 3D printing is the ability to manufacture custom fit functioning organs for patients in need. While there has been some progress in this direction over the years, it wasn’t until last week that this dream began to feel more like reality. On Friday, Science Advances published research from [...]

September 2015

How biohackers are fighting a two-front war on antibiotic resistance

2016-10-19T10:06:35+00:00 September 20th, 2015|English, News|

We humans like to think of ourselves as the pinnacle of evolution on the planet, but that’s just a conceit. It takes humans roughly twenty years to reproduce, whereas some bacteria can make copies of themselves every 20 minutes. Countless generations of bacteria have honed and perfected their genomes into extremely evolved biological machines. Most bacteria [...]

Ouro_botics developing modular bioprinting platform for students, biohackers and researchers

2016-10-19T10:06:40+00:00 September 6th, 2015|English, News|

The founder of Ouro_botics, Jemma Redmond, was working on her masters thesis about four years ago – a tome entitled An Investigation into Osteoblast Adhesion — when she discovered bioprinting. In Dublin, around her kitchen table, her company came to fruition. “One particular application was cell adhesion, and so I set out to create some ECMS (extra cellular [...]

August 2015

The biohacking movement and open source insulin

2015-08-24T16:52:19+00:00 August 27th, 2015|English, News|

In March of 2014, I knew my eight year old daughter was sick. Once borderline overweight, she was now skeletally thin and fading away from us. A pre-dawn ambulance ride to the hospital gave us the devastating news – our daughter had Type 1 diabetes, and would be dependent on insulin injections for the rest of [...]