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News round-up

July 1, 2014

Cat Ferguson

Hi everybody! Lovely to see you, as always. Let’s find out what’s happening this week!

Biohackers get in on the iGEM action


From the indefatigable Patrik D’haeseleer, out of Counter Culture Labs in the East Bay, comes news of a joint CCL-BioCurious iGEM team. As you may know, this is the first year that non-academic biohackers have been allowed to participate in the competition, so we’re all eagerly awaiting what happens next!

Their project: turning baker’s yeast into a halfway decent vegan cheese. I don’t know if you’ve ever had what passes for vegan cheese these days, but let’s just say it could use an overhaul. To contribute to their IndieGoGo campaign, head right this way.

Here’s their video:

Check back in October for news of the iGEM competition! And if you want to know more about the vegan cheese project, you can email them here.

DIYBio in the press


We’re getting some good coverage over at the Biologist, a British publication put out by the Society of Biology. Both our humble website and our Google Group get a shout-out, so excuse me while I preen a little. Plus, they describe you guys as both “impressively ambitious” and “wonderfully bonkers,” which is how I feel, too.

More to the point, they tap Genspace, London Hackspace, and bioartist Heather Dewey-Hagborg to serve as representatives of the community, and give a pretty good sense of the breadth of the community. Is a pretty good read, so check it out.


As always, email or tweet me with news you want to see here. And head right this way to see a man who’s gaze can cure your ills (and is harmful to pregnant women!).

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