Tito Jankowski, who works on DNA research tools in his garage, started the San Francisco chapter of DIYbio.
Over the weekend, the SF Chronicle ran a piece on biohacking, with some of the usual suspects (DIYbio, Drew Endy, Tito Jankowski) and raising some of the thornier issues involved in high-tech kitchen-table science.
In a kitchen in Saratoga, an electrical engineer is working with pure strains of E. coli purchased over the Internet in hopes of creating a handheld diagnostic tool to detect dangerous bacteria.
Out of a garage in Sacramento, a bioengineer is designing low-cost equipment to allow people to see and construct DNA.
From a studio in San Francisco, an artist is building houses from a medicinal fungus.
Across the Bay Area, and in other high-tech hotbeds, a revolution is under way. Citizen scientists – or biohackers, as they’re being called – are taking biology out of academia and closed-door laboratories and bringing it into garages and kitchens, studios and warehouses.
Above image by Adam Lau for the Chronicle.
Check out our own citizen science efforts in the Make: Science Room