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The Resource Biopunk : DIY scientists hack the software of life, Marcus Wohlsen

Biopunk : DIY scientists hack the software of life, Marcus Wohlsen

Label
Biopunk : DIY scientists hack the software of life
Title
Biopunk
Title remainder
DIY scientists hack the software of life
Statement of responsibility
Marcus Wohlsen
Title variation
Bio punk
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Bill Gates recently told Wired that if he were a teenager today, he would be hacking biology. "If you want to change the world in some big way," he says, "that's where you should start--biological molecules." --
  • The most disruptive force on the planet resides in DNA. Researchers are just beginning to unlock the potential of piecing together life from scratch. Champions of synthetic biology believe that turning genetic code into LEGO-like blocks to build never-before-seen organisms could solve the thorniest challenges in medicine, energy, and environmental protection. But as an earlier generation of computer hackers proved, the most revolutionary discoveries often emerge from out-of-the-way places, forged by brilliant outsiders with few resources besides boundless energy and great ideas. --
  • Marcus Wohlsen chronicles a growing community of DIY scientists working outside the walls of corporations and universities who are committed to democratizing DNA the way the Internet did information. The "biohacking" movement, now in its early, heady days, aims to unleash genetically modified innovation by making the tools of biotechnology accessible to everyone. Borrowing their idealism from the worlds of open-source software, artisanal food, Internet start-ups, and the Peace Corps, biopunks are advocates for open-sourcing the basic code of life. They believe in the power of individuals with access to DNA to solve the world's biggest problems. --
  • You'll meet a new breed of hackers who aren't afraid to get their hands wet, from entrepreneurs who aim to bring DNA-based medical tools to the poorest of the poor to a curious tinkerer who believes a tub of yogurt and a jellyfish gene could protect the world's food supply. --
  • Along with the potential of citizen science to bring about significant change, Wohlsen explores the risks of DIY bioterrorism, the possibility of genetic engineering experiments gone awry, and whether the ability to design life from scratch on a laptop might come sooner than we think. --Book Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wohlsen, Marcus
Dewey number
660.6
Index
index present
LC call number
TP248.23
LC item number
.W65 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Biotechnology
  • Genetic engineering
  • Amateurism
  • Punk culture
  • Biotechnology
  • Diffusion of Innovation
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Genetic engineering
  • Counter culture
Label
Biopunk : DIY scientists hack the software of life, Marcus Wohlsen
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
650211155
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 240 pages
Isbn
9781617230028
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2010043689
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)650211155
Label
Biopunk : DIY scientists hack the software of life, Marcus Wohlsen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
650211155
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 240 pages
Isbn
9781617230028
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2010043689
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)650211155

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