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2013-11-19 16:49:06

As the Do-It-Yourself Biology (DIYbio) community has grown, so have concerns among media and policymakers about these science enthusiasts’ ability to wield DNA and manipulate life. In 2009, for example, a Wall Street Journal headline summed up the popular misconception: “In Attics and Closets, ‘Biohackers’ Discover their Inner Frankenstein.” But in a first-ever survey of DIYbio practitioners (DIYers), the Synthetic Biology Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for...

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2008-12-26 09:35:00

Much like Steve Jobs of Apple Computers and the creators of the Google search engine, hobbyists are now working at home with the basic building blocks of life itself.People are using the unlimited knowledge of the Internet, and homemade lab equipment, and are trying to create new life forms through genetic engineering, a field largely dominated by Ph.D.'s tolling in university and corporate laboratories.Meredith L. Patterson, a 31-year-old computer programmer in San Francisco, is using her...