Biologist’s Gene-Editing Kit Lets Do-It-Yourselfers Play God At The Kitchen Table

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Biologist’s Gene-Editing Kit Lets Do-It-Yourselfers Play God At The Kitchen Table

Intro on an interesting profile on local biologist Josiah Zayner by Lisa M. Krieger for the San Jose Mercury News:

“On the kitchen table of his cramped apartment, Josiah Zayner is performing the feat that is transforming biology.

In tiny vials, he’s cutting, pasting and stirring genes, as simply as mixing a vodka tonic. Next, he slides his new hybrid creations, living in petri dishes, onto a refrigerator shelf next to the vegetables.

And he’s packaging and selling his DIY gene-editing technique for $120 so that everyone else can do it, too.

“I want to democratize science,” said Zayner, whose left arm is etched with the tattoo “Build Something Beautiful.”

It’s a prospect that worries those who fear unregulated amateur biologists could unleash new pathogens but delights others who imagine the day when anyone could redesign the living world to create cheap drugs or clean fuels.”

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January 12th, 2016|

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