Much has been written and said about DIYBio by practitioners, observers and complete outsiders. The list below contains scholarly articles written by authors that fit into one or more of those categories. DIYBio is seen as a movement or development that has implications for innovation, education, science, health, biosecurity and / or politics. Depending on your perspective positive and negative contributions to any of those fields may be expected.
DIYBio is still in it’s infancy. Until now it has shown to have very little impact on any mainstream sector. One of the major obstacles is – contrary to what many DIYBiologists would claim – the movement being exclusive in practice. There are simply very few people with the time, space and resources in their lives to set up biotechnology labs. Let alone maintain and share these with others. Successful places that label themselves as community labs are in reality often operating as a private school or co-working spaces for small enterprises or startup companies.
The movement challenges the boundaries of science, develops open teaching materials and provokes public debate about the desirability of biotechnology. The free spirit and unrestricted character of DIYBio activities may serve as an inspiration for those working under tightly regulated conditions, and enlighten a new path towards invention or innovation. This means DIYBio activities in itself seem unimpressive, what’s really interesting is what happens to people once they’ve become acquainted with the mindset and methods. Only a small number of connections between the DIYBio spaces and business incubation scene exists. Meaning there is an opportunity for established companies to learn from these examples and internalize the conditions to enlarge their innovation capacity.
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Myths and Realities of DIYBio
Nature 2018 DIYbio gets a poxy rap
Doing It Together Science 2017 Do-It-Yourself Biotechnology” (DIYBio) for the progression of Open Science and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)
De Lorenzo & Schmidt 2017 The do-it-yourself movement as a source of innovation in biotechnology – and much more
Delfanti 2017 Distributed Biotechnology
Keulartz & Van den Belt 2016 DIY-Bio – economic, epistemological and ethical implications and ambivalences
Wolinsky 2016 The FBI and biohackers: an unusual relationship
Golinelli & Ruivenkamp 2016 Rebels or profiteers
Scheifele & Burkett 2016 The First Three Years of a Community Lab: Lessons Learned and Ways Forward
Vaage 2016 Fringe Biotechnology
Cordes 2015 DIY Bio-Engineering: Disrupting Democracy
Grushkin 2014 Seven Myths and Realities about Do-It-Yourself Biology
Delfanti 2013 Biohackers: The Politics of Open Science
Delgado 2013 DIYbio: Making things and making futures
Wohlsen 2012 Biopunk
Patterson 2010 Biopunk Manifesto