Life imitates art again. This time it’s Bruce Sterling’s cyberpunk vision that’s coming to fruition. Those who wonder what I’m talking about should read his darkly comic and cautionary “Our Neural Chernobyl” from his collection Globalhead (1992). We should not so facilely greet with glee this gesture toward garage gene-hacking. One of this group’s “projects” is “Synthetic Biology for Artists and Designers” using the MIT parts registry. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
(Mobile Phone Field Microscope)
“Ever wondered how to turn a simple webcam into a microscope, safely cultivate GFP bacteria, hack DVD burners to make your own nano and bio experiments, or how to use other cheap, easy to come by material in order to build an hydrometer…