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AN overview of home brew style, open source, bio-engineering at the time this book was written (2007). It's a good overview, but highly dated, as the field has moved on significantly in the past 11 years. Crispr didn't even exist when this book was written. Still, I'd recommend it as an introduction to the field.
SteveCarl | Hi ha 8 ressenyes més | Jun 24, 2024 |
Biopunk provides an engaging look at what a variety of scientists are doing in their garages or kitchens without backing from universities or wealthy corporations. Of course, some of the contents of the book (published 2011) will be outdated by now, but it still makes for interesting reading. Wohlsen examines how and why these DIY scientists are doing what they are doing - this usually involves working beyond the restrictings involved in the extremely expensive specialized equioment, as well as the politics and rigid environment of universities and biotech corporations. This book also breifly deals with the potential consequences and challenges that are part and parcel of this type of citizen science. The organisation is a bit erratic and the topics covered lacked depth. Each chapter of the book comes across as a separate essay or article about a specific DIY hacker, along with the obligatory interview. The book is written by a journalist, which means you get more human interest stories than a detailed look at exactly what is going on in the kitchen/garage.

I did find the chapter on Indian farmers "hacking" Monsantos GMO seed stock the old fashioned way rather interesting and amusing. The farmers saved the seeds produced by the GMO plants, crossed them with seeds native to India, saved and then traded the resulting native seeds which in the end produced plants that could cope better in the local conditions than the expensive GMO seeds. And they did all this without paying a licensing fee. Of course, Monsanto wasn't happy about this, but due to lack of regulation and motivation by the Indian government to do anything about this "theft" and hacking of GMO seeds, Monsanto couldn't do anything about it.

If you are looking for inspirational stories of citizen scienctists experimenting with DNA in the garage, this book may interest you. In terms of in-depth science this book is rather lacking.

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ElentarriLT | Hi ha 8 ressenyes més | Mar 24, 2020 |
Appropriately for its subject matter, a thoroughly amateur writing style reminiscent of a high-school magazine.

The content though is kinda cool. However, always there's the assumption that fucking with the biota is just A OK, and the silly dishonesty that genetic pollution == normal breeding is, like in any high-school magazine, trotted out.

Some amazing stuff here, oh yes.
GirlMeetsTractor | Hi ha 8 ressenyes més | Mar 22, 2020 |
This book was fun to read and inspiring! It really presents a good argument for bringing science out of the ivory tower and increasing its accessibility to all of us who may be interested. I admire the citizen scientists described in the examples, and their dedication to the pursuit of knowledge. Best line in the book (referring to Gregor Mendel): "He didn't need a PhD... It was enough that he was a geek." Love it!!
KatieChapman8908 | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Jun 21, 2017 |




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