Hackteria

http://hackteria.org/

Hackteria. I really enjoy this blog. It details efforts of electronically inclined individuals to build their own biological lab equipment. The author of the blog includes projects such as turning a laser pointer into a projection microscope, making homemade microelectrodes for electrophysiology, or hacking computer mouses or Playstation 3 components to make microscopes and other biological lab equipment. Something I found particularly cool was the nematode theremin – a theremin operated by a dish full of swimming nemotode worms.

To me this marks the beginning of the age of basement biohackers. It follows in the tradition of people who take the principals of free and creative use of technology and apply them to new paradigms. Much like how the open source and do-it-yourself movements were major creative forces that drove the silicon revolution, such ideas may play a role in the future of biotechnology. Although biotechnology of today is ruled by strict proprietary patents and strategic lines drawn by brutal legal warfare, there exists hope for a future where such technology is openly accessible and people are free to use it in creative new ways.

The projects on Hackerteria are some really amazing and cool stuff. It’s a stunning illustration of what’s possible using available equipment and ingenuity. Do check it out.