4 September 2012

SynBio on the Radio Again!

On Saturday 8th of September at 3 pm Radio 24syv reports in-depth on the Copenhagen Do It Yourself synthetic biology scene. 

Listen as the radio hosts visit Biologigaragen @ Labitat, the first Do It Yourself-biology lab in Denmark situated in Frederiksberg. The founder of Biologigaragen Martin Malthe Borch talks about arranging a public workshop on DIY biology with German DIY-biologist Rüdiger Trojok and their efforts with building their own biology lab. The workshop is part of the preparation for an exhibition at the Medical Museion on synthetic biology and diy-biology, opening in late november. The UNIK Center for Synthetic Biology is collaborating with the museum and the diy-biologists on the exhibition. 

The link to listen to Radio 24syv live: 

The home page of the program, from where the program can be streamed or podcasts can be downloaded after the emission: http://www.radio24syv.dk/programmer/3-planet-fra-solen/

The Synthetic Biology in DIY Biology

The Center for Synthetic  Biology has itself been inspired by the DIY bio movement: In the spring of 2012 a social event was set up to assemble a PCR-machine produced by the company OpenPCR founded by DIY-scientists.  Read about the PCR machine assembly event here.

The open sharing of knowledge and reassembling technology are forming the base of the DIY movement. The emergence of synthetic biology as a new approach to biology based on standardized molecular and genetic parts and the sharing of these, has played an important role in opening up DIY biology as a new branch within the DIY-movement. 

Universities to Adopt DIY Philosophy?

When commenting on the relationship between universities and the DIY movement Professor Birger Lindberg Møller notes that:
"While it is important that we as scientists offer our help as mentors for the DIY movement to ensure ethical practices, we should also realize how university research in parallel could be inspired by the Open Access philosophy and the passion-driven and innovative energy inherent to the movement". 

The science program on the Danish radio channel Radio 24syv, "3. Planet fra Solen" (3rd Planet from the Sun) is produced by journalists from the science museum Experimentarium. The emission in question will be aired Saturday afternoon, 8th of September at 3 pm. After the emission, it is possible to download a podcast of the program: http://www.radio24syv.dk/programmer/3-planet-fra-solen/

Martin Malthe Borch's "Biologigaragen" home page: http://biologigaragen.org/

Rüdiger Trojoks home page: http://openbioprojects.net/

The link to listen to Radio 24syv live: http://www.radio24syv.dk/

The home page of the program, from where podcasts can be downloaded after the emission: http://www.radio24syv.dk/programmer/3-planet-fra-solen/

The home page of the Medical Museion exhibition: http://www.museion.ku.dk/whats-on/exhibitions/from-kitchen-sink-to-museum/