DIY-Bio: Empowerment or Anarchy?
Edinburgh International Book Festival 13.08.2012
Dr Alessandro Delfanti, author of the upcoming Biohackers and
, RCUK Academic Fellow at
Organised byin association with the Edinburgh International Book Festival
VenueThe Guardian Spiegeltent
We are in a new age of biohackers and citizen-scientists. With materials for home experimenting in the life sciences readily available, are individuals being empowered or is this deregulation dangerous? Our ability to synthesise biological entities is changing our relationship with the natural objects we take for granted. What are the innovative advances and political and ethical challenges behind this revolution? Internet technologist, Ben Hammersley, Dr Alessandro Delfanti, author of the forthcoming Biohackers, and synthetic aesthetics researcher Dr Jane Calvert discuss the implications, chaired by Dr Pippa Goldschmidt.