The tinkering that we now only associate with technology and machines, is emerging within the fields of genetics and biotechnology.

Though it may sound like the plot to a sci-fi film – teenage genius creates glow-in-the-dark pet monster as science project in garage – the tinkering that we now only associate with technology and machines, is emerging within the fields of genetics and biotechnology. A trend that is being made possible through a combination of falling prices for DNA sequencing, availability of basic building blocks like BioBricks, open source databases of genes, homemade technology that approximates professional laboratory equipment and a small but growing community of biohackers, DIYbio chief among them.

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