Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Biology (Biotechnology and Society)

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Required Reading

Bioluminescent Nicotiana tabacum (tobacco). From reference [5].
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  1. Ellen Jorgensen TED Talk "Biohacking -- you can do it, too." 10 min. [Jorgensen]
    Intro to DIY biology by co-founder of GenSpace.
  2. Error fetching PMID 20010587: [Bennett2009]
    Introductory article talking about the relationship of DIY biology and the field of synthetic biology.
  3. Glowing Plants: Natural Lighting with no Electricity (Kickstarter) [Kickstarter]
    Main DIY project that we will discuss.

    Click around their Kickstarter site and links on the Glowing Plant website.

    Read their blog post about regulations.

  4. Kickstarter crowd gives glowing plant the green light (BBC News) [BBC]
    News coverage of "Glowing Plants" project.
  5. Error fetching PMID 21103397: [Krichevsky2010]
    Scientific paper covering how bioluminescent Nicotiana was created. (The same method to be used by the "Glowing Plants" project.)

    Interestingly, the first author on this study is listed as being involved in a company called BioGlow and a patent application.

  6. Crowd Funding Avatar [Splasho]
    Detailed blog post putting the Kickstarter project's science and role in DIY biology in context.
All Medline abstracts: PubMed | HubMed

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