Synthetic biology: from mainstream to counterculture
Existing at the interface of science and engineering, synthetic biology represents a new and emerging field of mainstream biology. However, there also exists a counterculture of Do-It-Yourself biologists, citizen scientists, who have made significant inroads, particularly in the design and development of new tools and techniques. Herein, I review the development and convergence of synthetic biology’s mainstream and countercultures.
KeywordsSynthetic biology DIY biology Biosecurity Biocontainment
RDS is Coordinator of the EU FP7 Grant ClouDx-i.
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