While genetically modified corn is at the center of livid discussions, biohackers are moving to the front. Like their computer-hacking equivalents biohackers have started to set up biohackerspaces where people come together to collaborate on projects. Here they organize conferences around the ethics of bioengineering and they develop open-hardware equipment to bring down the cost of putting together a biolab.
An introduction to biohacking was given at the annual PICNIC festival in Amsterdam where biohacker Cathal Garvey talked about DIY biotechnology and reclaiming the code of life. With the theme of the two-day festival being New Ownership, Garvey was right at home.