Past Event

Marcus Wohlsen - Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life

Thu, Apr 14 2011 - 6:00pm

Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life

Marcus Wohlsen, Science Writer, Associated Press

The most revolutionary discoveries often emerge from out-of-the-way places, forged by brilliant outsiders with few resources besides boundless energy and great ideas. That language could apply to the “biohacking” movement. In the next few years, companies will start selling libraries of genetic LEGOs that amateur scientists will use to build new life from scratch. Wohlsen follows the biopunk underground toward a future that might leave us feeling blessed, doomed or both.

MLF: Science & Technology
Location:
SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. networking reception, 6 p.m. program
Cost:
$8 members, $20 non-members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Program Organizer: Chisako Ress
Buy the Book: Buy Marcus Wohlsen's Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life, from The Commonwealth Club's online bookstore. Purchase it fewer than 5 days before the event and it will be available for you to pick it up at The Commonwealth Club offices on the day of the event. If you purchase it more than 5 days before the event, the book will be sent to your address. 
Also know: Photo by Jeff Chiu