- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Current; Reprint edition (July 31, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1617230073
- ISBN-13: 978-1617230073
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Biopunk: Solving Biotech's Biggest Problems in Kitchens and Garages Reprint Edition
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Biopunks, as defined by AP science and technology reporter Wohlsen, are part of a loosely knit, multifaceted movement to find ways to permit people to engage in DNA research without the restrictions and costs imposed by the scientific and medical establishment. Practitioners, some self-taught, set up shop in their kitchens or garages, believing that significant biological advances are more likely to occur as more people get involved in the enterprise. For the most part opposed to intellectual property rights, they prefer the open-source model used to design some computer software. Although biopunks have not yet made any significant scientific advances, they view themselves as "simplifying and domesticating" biology. Though his prose is a bit dry, Wohlsen introduces some fascinating, altruistic individuals, people who would like to fight disease without profit as their primary motive. While Wohlsen conveys, and seems to share, their excitement, he provides little critical commentary on their prospects for success. He also splits his attention between true DIYers and others who are working outside the scientific establishment because they haven't been able to find jobs or funding. Similarly, modest sections on bioterrorism and potentially dangerous experiments in genetic engineering seem largely unconnected to his main focus. (Apr.)
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"In the same way that hackers in the 1970s launched the computer revolution, a new generation of do-it-yourselfers are acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to hack life itself. "Biopunk" is an enthralling account of the most important technological story of our generation."
-Mark Frauenfelder, editor in chief of "Make" and author of "Made By Hand"
"Marcus Wohlsen's fast-paced tour of home-brew DNA dicers and splicers lights up a world of edgy, young Prometheans whose dreams are as breathtaking as they are controversial. Read "Biopunk" to find out what these tattooed, wet-lab hackers are stirring up in their kitchens and garages, what inspires their often outlandish visions, and how their campaign to bring biotech's godlike power to the masses may ultimately reshape both our lives and the life forms around us."
-David Stipp, author of "The Youth Pill"
"We're going to look back on the emergence of DIY biology like we look back on the emergence of perso
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If you are sympathetic to the Open Source/DIY/Maker movement, it is worth the read.
I was hoping for more description of the nuts and bolts details of how people are actually doing the work but this was not the focus of the book. I did glean a few web resources that were quite useful but overall the book focuses on the people and the movement and not actually on how to do DIY biology.