A Lab of Their Own

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Science  02 Sep 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6047, pp. 1240-1241
DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6047.1240

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With its debut in December 2010, GenSpace opened a new chapter for the do-it-yourself (DIY) biology movement, which some say parallels the garage computer culture in the 1970s that helped usher in the personal computing revolution. (Some DIY biologists even call themselves "biohackers.") But although the New York crew was the first to commit to a formal lab space for community biology, they're not alone. BioCurious, a DIY biology team near San Francisco, California, founded in 2009, has recently signed a lease for a 220-square-meter office in the Bay Area that will be turned into lab space. Whether many more GenSpaces will arise is tough to predict.