Halli Sturm

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What kind of social issues do you think would be caused by everyone having access to biotech and genetic information about their own body?

My question was inspired by the TED video by Ellen Jorgensen. Below is the explanation from that entry. I am interested in whether DIY biotech could fuel the revolution from a "sick care" system to a "well care" system of health.

We have personal computing, why not personal biotech? That’s the question biologist Ellen Jorgensen and her colleagues asked themselves before opening Genspace, a nonprofit DIYbio lab in Brooklyn devoted to citizen science, where amateurs can go and tinker with biotechnology. Far from being a sinister Frankenstein's lab (as some imagined it), Genspace offers a long list of fun, creative and practical uses for DIYbio.

Ellen Jorgensen is at the leading edge of the do-it-yourself biotechnology movement, which brings scientific exploration and understanding to the masses.

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    Feb 11 2013: hmm. I will have to check into this as I am not as familiar with it as you are. So my comments will have to be more generic in that I see the potential for personal feedback. Much like using a scale to weigh yourself the access would give us information we can use to further our self development or monitor our current status.

    But, as we all know, a scale does not make us lose weight. It is just a tool to help monitor and for some it is helpful and others it is not.