May 3, 2009
We held the first DIYbio Salon this past Saturday at Noisebridge in San Francisco.
Among other topics, we chatted a lot about Glofish — the genetically modified zebrafish that fluoresce under blue light. Some of us are aquarium-lovers and others are molecular biology-lovers, so we wondered out loud about everything from how to best display glofish to the low level molecular biology that goes into creating modified zebrafish.
We also got into other cool topics about interfacing computers and biology. Rachel from the Cyborg group at Noisebridge described “eyes on the back of your head” — a motion sensing jacket she’s working on. Here’s a great article from Wired about “adding senses”.
I’ve uploaded the slides from the “Intro to DIYbio segment” to scribd. The focus was on the software, wetware, and hardware in DIYbio — and how projects like Arduino allow computers to interact with the real world: DIYbio Salon (Powerpoint)
If you have any questions, or would like to attend the next DIYbio Salon, let me know. Thanks to everyone at Noisebridge for providing space for the DIYbio Salon to get started!