The London BioHackspace were involved in the meeting which recently launched DIY Bio Europe. This feature in Wired details some of the topics which were discussed:
On 1 December people descended upon Paris’s Musée des Arts et Métiers for a meeting to kick-off a new European science network. But with participants that included biologists, artists, sociologists, IT consultants and even a beekeeper, this wasn’t a typical science conference. This was the launch of DIY Bio Europe — an international biohacking network.
Biohacking is a growing phenomenon, where amateurs build makeshift labs in homes and public spaces to investigate molecular biology. Many have a desire to learn genetics, some want to address gaps in medical research, and others are committed to bringing scientific knowledge out of elite institutions and into the public domain.