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October 23, 2013

Ask a Biosafety Expert:
User-driven advisory
service for the Do-It-Yourself
Biology (DIYbio) Community
A...
New Teen Hobby: DIY DNA labs

Photo credit: Fred Turner, 2013 UK Young Engineer of the Year
New Teen Hobby: DIY DNA labs

Photo credit: Fred Turner, 2013 UK Young Engineer of the Year
Dawn of the Biohackers. Discover Magazine. Oct 5, 2011.
Photo by Grant Delin
Vibrant Hobby Communities
CHEMISTRY

Lab Technician Set for Girls
c. 1958

PERSONAL
COMPUTING

Homebrew Computer Club
Sept...
Biology is Next:
Global DIYbio Community
NORTH AMERICA
Atlanta
Baltimore
Boston
Brooklyn
Cambridge
Carlsbad
Chicago
Housto...
Scope of Activities
Exploratory Biology

Environmental
Sensing

Personal
BioMonitoring

Constructive Biology

Re-imagining...
Home Workshops
1.Garage: cancer
biotech start-up
2.Closet: Personal
genotyping facility
3.Kitchen: yogurt
engineered to se...
Community Labs
Genspace (Brooklyn, NY)

NYTimes. December 19, 2010. Photo Michael Nagle
Community Labs
BioCurious (Sunnyvale, CA)

http://biocuriosity.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/welcome-to-biocurious-sign.jpg?...
DIY BioPrinter

Biocurious Project: BioPrinter
6/ 2/ 13 2:50 PM

(/files/deriv/FK7/UUYW/HAQ3D3X1/FK7UUYWHAQ3D3X1.LARGE.jpg...
Innovation Engine: Small Start-Ups Creating
Low-Cost Kits & Devices --> Crowdsourcing $$$

Open GelBox 2.0

Microbial Fuel...
iGEM: International Genetically
Engineered Machines Competition
• 3200 active members
• 215 teams & 200 labs
• Sections
ht...
Ask a Biosafety Expert

Outreach, education, and good, practical biosafety advice
http://ask.diybio.org
Some of the questions so far…
How can I tell if the bacteria that
I’m growing on agar plates in my
room are toxic?
How should I dispose of my
bacterial plates if I don’t have
access to an autoclave?
How can I make bioart pieces with
embedded non-pathogenic
bacteria safe to sell to the public?
Real Opportunities for
Biosafety Professionals
• Movement is growing rapidly, but is still
relatively small
• An opportuni...
Call for Volunteers
please join our expert advisory board
•Required training and experience
–
–
–
–

All levels
RBP and CB...
BIG THANKS TO OUR CURRENT
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Molly Stitt-Fischer, Ph.D., CPH.
Ted Myatt, Sc.D., RBP.
J. Craig Reed, Ph...
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Ask a Biosafety Expert Service at ABSA 2013

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A description of DIYbio.org's Ask a Biosafety Expert (ABE) service, as it was presented at the annual ABSA meeting in Kansas City on October 23, 2013.

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Ask a Biosafety Expert Service at ABSA 2013

  1. 1. October 23, 2013 Ask a Biosafety Expert: User-driven advisory service for the Do-It-Yourself Biology (DIYbio) Community ABSA Annual Meeting Kansas City, MO Jason Bobe Co-founder, DIYbio.org jason@diybio.org twitter:@jasonbobe 1
  2. 2. New Teen Hobby: DIY DNA labs Photo credit: Fred Turner, 2013 UK Young Engineer of the Year
  3. 3. New Teen Hobby: DIY DNA labs Photo credit: Fred Turner, 2013 UK Young Engineer of the Year
  4. 4. Dawn of the Biohackers. Discover Magazine. Oct 5, 2011. Photo by Grant Delin
  5. 5. Vibrant Hobby Communities CHEMISTRY Lab Technician Set for Girls c. 1958 PERSONAL COMPUTING Homebrew Computer Club September 1976 ASTRONOMY Hanny’s Voorwerp discovered August 13, 2007 ROCKETRY Amateur Saturn V launch in MD April 25, 2009 Credits: Chemical Heritage Foundation; DigiBarn Computer Museum; Sloan Digital Sky Survey; Dick Stafford, RocketryPlanet.com.
  6. 6. Biology is Next: Global DIYbio Community NORTH AMERICA Atlanta Baltimore Boston Brooklyn Cambridge Carlsbad Chicago Houston Los Angeles Nashville New York City Oakland Portland San Diego San Francisco Seattle Sunnyvale Toronto Vancouver Victoria EUROPE Budapest Copenhagen Cork Eindhoven Graz Groningen Kiev Lausanne London Manchester Munich Namur The Hague Paris Prague Switzerland ASIA Singapore Tel-Aviv OCEANIA Auckland Sydney
  7. 7. Scope of Activities Exploratory Biology Environmental Sensing Personal BioMonitoring Constructive Biology Re-imagining Laboratory Devices Genetic Engineering 7
  8. 8. Home Workshops 1.Garage: cancer biotech start-up 2.Closet: Personal genotyping facility 3.Kitchen: yogurt engineered to sense melamine (toxin) 4.Dorm: R&D lab for low-cost PCR machine
  9. 9. Community Labs Genspace (Brooklyn, NY) NYTimes. December 19, 2010. Photo Michael Nagle
  10. 10. Community Labs BioCurious (Sunnyvale, CA) http://biocuriosity.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/welcome-to-biocurious-sign.jpg?w=630 http://biocuriosity.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/img_0551.jpg?w=630
  11. 11. DIY BioPrinter Biocurious Project: BioPrinter 6/ 2/ 13 2:50 PM (/files/deriv/FK7/UUYW/HAQ3D3X1/FK7UUYWHAQ3D3X1.LARGE.jpg) http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-BioPrinter/ (/files/deriv/F8C/V1Y8/HBXWRTDL/F8CV1Y8HBXWRTDL.LARGE.jpg) (/files/deriv/F7P/LTPM/HAQ3D3Z2/F7PLTPMHAQ3D3Z2.LARGE.jpg) http://www.technologyreview.com/sites/default/files/styles/view_body_embed/p http://www.technologyreview.com/sites/default/files/styles/view_body_embed/p ublic/images/bioprinter_0.jpg?itok=ZkO-8Tay ublic/images/biocurious.jpg?itok=CAGwqHG9
  12. 12. Innovation Engine: Small Start-Ups Creating Low-Cost Kits & Devices --> Crowdsourcing $$$ Open GelBox 2.0 Microbial Fuel Cell Dremelfuge OpenPCR LavaAmp
  13. 13. iGEM: International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition • 3200 active members • 215 teams & 200 labs • Sections http://2012.igem.org/wiki/images/6/65/Biobrick_trophy.jpg http://www.flickr.com//photos/igemhq/sets/72157625225590751/show/ – – – – High school Undergraduate Overgraduate DIY / Community Lab section planned for 2014
  14. 14. Ask a Biosafety Expert Outreach, education, and good, practical biosafety advice http://ask.diybio.org
  15. 15. Some of the questions so far…
  16. 16. How can I tell if the bacteria that I’m growing on agar plates in my room are toxic?
  17. 17. How should I dispose of my bacterial plates if I don’t have access to an autoclave?
  18. 18. How can I make bioart pieces with embedded non-pathogenic bacteria safe to sell to the public?
  19. 19. Real Opportunities for Biosafety Professionals • Movement is growing rapidly, but is still relatively small • An opportunity to build in safety culture from the earliest stages • Challenging questions, new technology, new contexts, new types of clients, open access resources
  20. 20. Call for Volunteers please join our expert advisory board •Required training and experience – – – – All levels RBP and CBSP highly desirable Different roles for different levels of training, experience, certification Need diverse mix of domain expertise •Minimum volunteer commitments – – – respond to 1 question per month Monthly 1 hour conference call ~5 hours per month •About the Organization – – – DIYbio.org is nonprofit corporation ABE is a free educational service Insured
  21. 21. BIG THANKS TO OUR CURRENT ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS Molly Stitt-Fischer, Ph.D., CPH. Ted Myatt, Sc.D., RBP. J. Craig Reed, Ph.D., RBP. Special thanks to Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Synthetic Biology Project, Dave Rejeski and Todd Kuiken. Email: jason@diybio.org Twitter: @jasonbobe 21

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