imageGenspace lab in Brooklyn (non profit) was created so novices and beginners could tinker, take classes and she humorously talks about the press and their coverage and she said worked through it, as they thought the lab was going to produce the next Frankenstein, in other words hype it up.   There are more facilities like this opening all over and each have their own flavors on what they work on.  She says there are points to where the amateurs and professionals need to meet as they have access to pathogens.  They follow all laws and regulations and don’t work with pathogens. 

Ellen is algo a part of the Human Genome project and she describes here participation and he feelings on DNA and she says the study and knowledge outdoes the risk. She gives some good examples of projects, like one who was trying to figure out which dog was pooping in their yard.  DNA bar coding is a technology she discusses about how it’s use leads to all types of information.  She says the secret of the labs are that your are not under the pressure to sell your project to make a lot of money or save mankind, but rather just follow safety guidelines.  We have personal computing so why not personal biotech?  BD 

We have personal computing, why not personal biotech? That’s the question biologist Ellen Jorgensen and her colleagues asked themselves before opening Genspace, a nonprofit DIYbio lab in Brooklyn devoted to citizen science, where amateurs can go and tinker with biotechnology. Far from being a sinister Frankenstein's lab (as some imagined it), Genspace offers a long list of fun, creative and practical uses for DIYbio.


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