DIYBio Resources

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

DIYBio Literature

Kera 2018 Science Artisans and Open Science Hardware

De Beer 2018 Inclusive Innovation in Biohacker Spaces: The Role of Systems and Networks

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

Wexler 2017 The Social Context of “Do-It-Yourself” Brain Stimulation: Neurohackers, Biohackers, and Lifehackers

Wilbanks 2017 Real Vegan Cheese and the Artistic Critique of 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

Seyfried 2014 European do‐it‐yourself (DIY) biology: Beyond the hope, hype and horror

Kera 2013 Innovation regimes based on collaborative and global tinkering: Synthetic biology and nanotechnology in the hackerspaces

Landrain 2013 Do-it-yourself biology: challenges and promises for an open science and technology movement

Delfanti 2013 Biohackers: The Politics of Open Science

Meyer 2013 Domesticating and democratizing science: A geography of do-it-yourself biology

Delgado 2013 DIYbio: Making things and making futures

Wohlsen 2012 Biopunk

Patterson 2010 Biopunk Manifesto