Science writer Dan Grushkin opened the nation's first community biotech laboratory. At GenSpace, biology enthusiasts pay a monthly membership to use the equipment and training facilities. Contributing editor Boonsri Dickinson talks to Grushkin and takes a tour of the lab.
DIY biotech lab opens in New York
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Science writer Dan Grushkin opened the nation's first community biotech laboratory. At GenSpace, biology enthusiasts pay a monthly membership to use ...
Jan 3, 2011
How do you prevent accidents to prevent leakages of items from the lab into the outside world? How do you protect the public outside?
To me, it's a bit scary. I'm a biochemist/"biotechnologist", and the possibilites of generating something that is toxic is very hight to untrained persons, especially if they just think it's "cool".
Does the membership specify that any the rights to any new discoveries, made with their equipment and facilities, belong to them in any way? What experimentation and material constraints are in place as personal and public safety precautions? I'd be interested in the classes and instructional materials. It would be interesting to explore another discipline without the prerequisite of an entire college program. Wouldn't the Discovery Channel be interested in a partnership with this type of operation? I think every discipline should have a similar offering! I'd like to see shared knowledge centers for medical research, electronics engineering, and mechanical engineering, with an emphasis on cross-discipline synergy.