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Biohacking or is the practice of engaging biology with the hacker ethic, and the associated movement that first emerged during a period of rapid development of ideas around non-institutional science and technology development that first emerged the mid 2000s .

There is a great variety of technological approaches and subcultures associated with biohacking, which encompass a wide spectrum of practices, both inside and outside of professional and amateur laboratories.

In many traditional biohacking circles, amateur biology is closely associated with citizen science and prioritises the education of core concepts and experimental techniques of molecular biology. Further, the movement incorporates a great many elements of the Open Source movement, in the form of "Open Biology". For instance the 2008 DIYbio movement espoused the idea that wider understanding off, and access to, biotechnology would generally benefit greater society.

The concept quickly resulted in the development of DIYbio / public labs all over world, including La Paillase in Paris and Genspace in Brooklyn.

As the movement developed offshoot specialist movements or organisations were founded, each focusing on a particular aspect of open source biology, such as Open LabWare which created a wide variety of open source laboratory tools, and The ODIN, which provides access to reagents.

 Other biohacking groups focus on the incorporation of non-living technologies into one's own biology, or experimenting directly with oneself. The debate on which form of biohacking is the purest is largely irrelevant as there simply has yet to be clear definitions set by the community, which is diverse and evolving rapidly.

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Biohacking Organizations


Hackteria encourages collaboration of scientists, hackers and artists to combine their expertise and share ideas to work with life science technologies and cooperate on organisation of workshops, labs and meetings.


do-it-yourself biology 
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Local groups and biolabs

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North America

1 BC Vancouver
2 CA Berkeley
3 CA Carlsbad
4 CA Los Angeles
5 CA Oakland
6 CA San Diego
7 CA Sunnyvale
8 CO Denver
9 IL Chicago
10 MA Boston
11 MA Cambridge
12 MD Baltimore
13 MD Bethesda
14 MS Jackson
15 MX Guanajuato
16 NM Los Alamos
17 NY Brooklyn
18 NY New York City - Biohackers-NYC
19 NY New York City - Harlem Biohackspace
20 OH Columbus
21 ON Toronto
22 QC Montreal
23 TX Houston
24 VA Norfolk
25 WA Seattle

South America


1 IL Tel-Aviv
2 SG Singapore


1 AU Melbourne
2 AU Sydney
3 NZ Auckland


1 AT Graz
2 BE Namur
3 CH Lausanne
4 CH Renens VD
5 CH Switzerland / Slovenia
6 CZ Prague
7 DE Berlin
8 DE Munich
9 DK Copenhagen
10 ES Barcelona
11 FR Paris
12 HU Budapest
13 IE Cork
14 IT Trento
15  IT  Turin
16 NL Eindhoven
17 NL Groningen
18 NL The Hague
19 SE Stockholm
20 UA Kiev
21 UK London
22 UK Manchester
23 UK Nottingham

View full profile Lena Asai from London & Tokyo

I study Design (BA) at Goldsmiths, University of London. I am a member of London Biohackspace, the UK’s first community lab, and is interested in exploring the relationship between art, design, and synthetic biology. I am participating in iGEM 2015 in the
Community Labs Track representing London Biohackspace. My team is developing a library of yeast strains for beer brewers. Feel free to drop me a message!

What do you think?

About the authors

View full profile Jérôme Lutz from Berlin & Munich, Germany

I like to share the great things I discover daily while researching and working in the field of Synthetic Biology.

When I talk to people about it, they often refer to Science Fiction. However, when I send them links to this wiki and they read through those pages, they start understanding that this is real and it's happening right now.

View full profile Edward Perello from London

Edward Perello is the founder of Desktop Genetics, a company at the forefront of CRISPR genome editing technology. His team is working to provide researchers with access to state of the art genome engineering capabilities from their computers and create an AI that can predict optimal genome editing solutions in any organism.

Edward is a SynBio LEAP fellow working to get more non-biologists into the field.