What is DIYBio?

DIYBio – also referred to as Biohacking or Grassroots Biotechnology – centers around the believe that anyone can use biotechnology.

It is a mixture of hacker culture, activism, education, entrepreneurship, arts and design. It promotes the idea that just like you can fix your own car, you can also fix your own biology.

Watch the video to the right to learn where it came from and where it is heading. Need more info? Contact us.

Biohacking TED Talk

Biomaterials

Biotextiles, biodesign, mycellium

Brainhacking

Brain computer interfacing

Activism

Techno anarchist libertarians

Hackers

Hackathons culture, creative coding and anti-proprietary

Garage science

Labs in garages, undergrounds and squads

Health

Self experimentation, open source drugs and quantified self

Gardening

Home grown food and breeding

Nutrition

Nutrion hacking, performance diets and supplements

Open Software

Free alternatives and collaborative coding

Open Hardware

Making affordable alternatives to lab hardware

Citizen sensing

Smart citizens monitoring their environment

Teaching

Democratizing knowledge through open courseware

Examples

Exemplary DIYBio projects

Body Augmentation

So called Human+ enthusiasts augment their body with cybernetic implants. All you need is a credit card to order a DIY implant kit to inject an RFID chip, now biohackers are taking the next step.

Biohacking Encryption

Biotic Gaming

Biotic Gaming combines four areas that often mix in DIYBio: biology, electronics, software and hardware. The contraptions allow players to interact with micro-organisms in real time and play games.

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Biotic Gaming Installation

CRISPR & Genetic engineering

A fair share of biotechnology focuses solely on genetic engineering. When it comes to genes CRISPR is all the rage. This technique enables you to edit DNA in a relatively affordable, accurate and easy way.

Interested in what kind of genetic experiments are ongoing in DIYBio? Contact us.

The ODIN CRISPR kit

Events

Engaging events and participatory workshops are perceived as an art in itself by DIYBiologists. Groups of enthusiasts get together to build prototypes, exchange ideas, conduct workshops and discuss the format to engage participants.

Events occur at dedicated DIYBio events (f.e. Biohack the Planet) and general hacking conferences.

Organizing an event and ready to include DIYBio in your headlines? Contact us.

DIYBio workshop

Biological Ink

Growing biomaterials is a common practice among DIYBiologists. The materials range from construction materials such as brick-like mycellium blocks up to special chemicals such as ink.

In the Bioshades project valuable pigments are extracted from bacteria and used to dye textiles.

Looking for biomaterials and ways to grow your own? Contact us.

BioShades

Extreme Biological Materials

Another example of biomaterial fabrication. How about growing bones? Not exactly DIY tech yet, but these people want this to go mainstream.

Growing Bones

Ethical Explorations

DIYBio highlights the importance of norms in society, by pushing the use of technology beyond what people regularly feel comfortable with. These type of ethical discussions help articulate values and underlying believes, either embedded in the technology itself or held by its user.

Ethics in Bodyhacking