DIYbio is an organization that aims to help make biology a worthwhile pursuit for citizen scientists, amateur biologists, and DIY biological engineers who value openness and safety. This will require mechanisms for amateurs to increase their knowledge and skills, access to a community of experts, the development of a code of ethics, responsible oversight, and leadership on issues that are unique to doing biology outside of traditional professional settings.
About the event:
DIYbio is defined differently depending on who you talk to, so we'll be giving an overview on what it means to us and why we're excited about it. Applications include: re-purposing household appliances for the makings of lab equipment, using molecular gastronomy to expand your culinary repertoire, "domestic" microbiology with kombucha and kefir and setting up a synthetic biology lab in your garage to make your own modified bacteria. People will also get a chance to make their own potato plastic keepsake from ingredients you can find in the grocery store.
Google group and mailing list: http://groups.google.com/group/socal-diybio