A lesson in ethics from the synbio DIYers

| | July 23, 2013
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DIYBio is a global collective of ordinary people who like experimenting in their spare time with chemicals they’ve ordered over the internet (really). They’ve put together a code of conduct that emphasizes transparency, modesty, honesty, responsibility, accountability and “respect for humans and all living systems”.

These citizen scientists are setting the ethical standard for community behaviour. GenSpace, which describes itself as a grassroots community biolab in Brooklyn, New York, has been showing residents how to catch dog owners who don’t clean up after their pets. By throwing tennis balls to local pooches and comparing the DNA in the saliva against that found in dog poo, frustrated residents have been able to identify miscreants.

Forget yeast: if this is the synbio future, then count me in.

Read the full article here: A lesson in ethics from the citizen scientists

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