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The responsible (re)design of the living world from the home bio-workshop

The article explores how the modern movement of do-it-yourself biology, DIYbio or biohackers, which some experts compare to the early garage personal computing and hacker movement in the 80s of the 20th century, could, by combining a broad design approach and traditional hacker ethic, contribute to a more responsible (re)design of organisms for human purposes within the framework of modern biotechnology and synthetic biology. The first part examines how the rapid development of new information and biotechnology tools has led to the emergence of the modern DIYbio movement and the rise of biohackes, and how the new tools of synthetic biology, such as CRISPR, point to even more radical and to the amateur community accessible possibilities for shaping the living world, including humans, which also opens questions regarding safety and responsible use. The second part highlights the importance of a broad design approach entering the sphere of biotechnology and synthetic biology and its intertwining with biohacker values and art, which could be important for ensuring better safety and responsibility in the use of new biotechnological capabilities. It also suggests the possibility of the DIYbio movement influencing the biotechnology business and public research and academic sphere by encouraging a biohacker design approach among the young and amateur biologists and biotechnologists. In the conclusion it emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary cooperation for shaping a creative and societally broadly desirable bio-designer future.


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Issue No. 265 - Art in Times of Neuroscience: Criticism, Aesthetics and Perspectives / Science in Design / Graffiti
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2016 , volume volume 44 , issue issue 265
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