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HiveBio is Working to Become Seattle's First Community Biology Lab (Video)

Roblimo posted about a year ago | from the what-happens-if-we-mix-some-of-this-and-some-of-that? dept.

Biotech 23

HiveBio in Seattle is not the world's first community-based biology lab, but it may be the first one started by a high school student. Her name is Katriona Guthrie-Honea, and her co-founder is Bergen McMurray. They managed to get a lot of equipment and supplies donated to their new venture, along with a successful Microryza Campaign that raised $6425 even though their target was only $5100. They're renting space from a local hackerlab, and getting an insane amount of publicity for a venture that's just starting out. But why not? If Bergen's and Katriona's example can spur others to learn and create, whether in mechanical engineering, physics, electronics, computer science or biology, it's all good -- not only for the participants, but for anyone who might someday benefit from creations or discoveries made by people who got their first taste of hands-on science or engineering in a hackerspace or community biology lab.

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The Hive? (2)

Archangel Michael (180766) | about a year ago | (#43646515)

Resident Evil reference ... what could possibly go wrong ...

Re:The Hive? (1)

Reservoir Penguin (611789) | about a year ago | (#43650215)

I'd like to mix some proteins with the smaller chick before she destroys the world with her home cooked plasmids.

now in the Washington Post (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43646585)

now in the Washington Post

As the weakly protected U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, came under attack the night of Sept. 11, 2012, the deputy head of the embassy in Tripoli sought in vain to get the Pentagon to scramble fighter jets over the Libyan coastal city in a show of force that might have averted a second attack on a nearby CIA complex.
Hours later, according to excerpts of the account by the U.S. diplomat, Gregory Hicks, American officials in the Libyan capital sought permission to deploy four U.S. special operations soldiers to Benghazi aboard a Libyan military aircraft early the next morning. They were told to stand down.

the ice. its breaking

This will fail. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43646655)

The first asshole to create some "weapon of mass destruction" in that lab will cause it shut down.

Or some asshole who points out the fact that a weapon of mass destruction could be made in that lab could get it to be shut down.

Irony intentional.

Think about it.

Re:This will fail. (1)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year ago | (#43647183)

I don't want to wish ill on these kids, but I see a very different reprisal as the death stroke.

Namely, this is a biolab. Biological research requires making, using, and experimenting on living tissue, and many cutting edge research branches in the bio/lifesciences fields require the production of chimeric cultures, and transgenic cell lines.

I am not saying this is ethically wrong. I am saying this is how it is, and that there is a very boistrous and angry demographic that is "very opposed" to such things, believing that it violates the sanctity of gods creations or somesuch.

In short, unless these kids stick to "science fair" grade science, they are doomed, because the zelot idiots will picket, pull political strings, and conspire to shut them down.

Heaven forbid that they use lab animals either. Then the peta morons would get in on it.

Re:This will fail. (1)

idunham (2852899) | about a year ago | (#43649133)

Just to make something clear: the opposition to transgenic organisms is not all by those who claim that it "violates the sanctity of gods creations"-the "or somesuch" can range to people who are miles away from fundamentalists.
I see quite a bit from liberals who complain about doing things that "Mother Nature" didn't do. Not that there is really a difference when it comes down to the line of argument, it's just that "zealot idiots" can come from anywhere.
And I also see a number of people among conservatives who are in favor of transgenics.

But really, it seems to me that the opposition would weaken when someone stops to explain things like:
-the universal genetic code
-the origin of the genes in transgenic organisms (other species)
-why they are doing what they do
-the scope of a single gene relative to the whole genome
And also when they see someone they know doing it, rather than "those evil big companies".
So while it could be risky to participate, it is probably the step which is most likely to result in a real dialog and understanding.

~A conservative Christian who has worked for Pioneer and has prepared genetically modified E. coli during university coursework for his ag degree.

Re:This will fail. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43650897)

... believing that it violates the sanctity of gods creations ...

If god had meant us to ride the rails, we would be born with wheels, not legs.

    A rabid fundamentalist picks the biblical laws they want (eg. no blood transfusions) and avoid the rest (eg. menstruating women can't cook). In addition they frequently draw an arbitrary line against new technology, ignoring anesthetics and antibiotics which removed the 'god-given' burden of child-birth and disease. Most fundamentalists don't complain about 18th century infrastructure (water, sewage, electricity, telecommunications), but these reduced man-kind's dependence on benevolent acts of god.

Nail bombs aren't designed for property damage (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43646657)

There is no relationship at all between what Weather Underground members did and the bombings that two brothers allegedly committed on April 15 in Massachusetts, Ayers said in response to a reporters question. No one died in the Weather Underground bombings.

How different is the shooting in Connecticut from shooting at a hunting range? Ayers said. Just because they use the same thing, theres no relationship ...

The United States is the most violent country that has ever been created, Ayers said. ...

To conflate a group of fundamentalist people [in Boston] who are nihilistic in some way with a group of people who spent their lives trying to oppose the murder of 6,000 people a week and still the killing went on. And still the killing went on. What would you have done? Ayers said. Theres no equivalence [with Boston]. Property damage. Thats what we did." ...

Authorities said the bombs were intended to be used at a dance at the Fort Dix Army base in New Jersey.

What will happen first? (1)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | about a year ago | (#43647181)

a) Someone tries to use it as a meth lab. Shut down.
b) Tenant in building complains. Shut down.
c) Reporter finds that a convicted violent felon is doing something there everyday. Shut down.

I'm very happy that they have $6K, but that probably won't even carry the annual liability insurance for a "public" biology lab.

Re:What will happen first? (1)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year ago | (#43647213)

You forgot 4 and 5.

4) Local fundies discover that "atheist science!" Is done there, and conspire to shut it down.

5) PETA poopers show up to "liberate" the lab animals, causing a potential public health panic.

Re:What will happen first? (1)

nametaken (610866) | about a year ago | (#43649851)

As is pointed out in the summary, this is not the first of these. And as far as I know none of the ones we've heard about have been shut down for stupid reasons.

Let's keep the doom and gloom under our hats for now, and just wish them luck.

Hackerlab? (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year ago | (#43647193)

So, they're gonna be designing molecules on a Raspberry Pi computer and then 3D-printing the molecules with PLA filament via an Arduino-powered 3D printer?

Did I miss any meme?

Re:Hackerlab? (1)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year ago | (#43647401)

3D printing *could* play a useful research role for the biosciences community, but they wouldn't be printing with thermoplastics.

Rather, there was the recent research with producing lipid bilayer coated water droplets as tissue matricies, and there is the work with 3d printing whole organ systems using stemcells.

Doing that kind of thing would be fully synergistic (I hate that word..) with the hackerspace geeks they share premesis with, and would make their work both usefl and unlikey to spawn a massive public health scare.

Re:Hackerlab? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43647437)

They'll use the molecules to build a Beowulf cluster with Natalie Portman and hot grits. First.

How does this increase diversity? (0)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | about a year ago | (#43647417)

All I saw in this video was white people. Where's the diversity? If McMurray and Guthrie-Honea had been named Robinson and Coleman, would they have attracted the same level of investment? In this year 2013, is "makerspace" just a code word for "safe place without African-Americans"? These are serious questions, deserving of serious answers. Unfortunately, I don't think the answers will be complimentary to mainstream USA culture.

Re:How does this increase diversity? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43647893)

All I saw in this video was white people. Where's the diversity? If McMurray and Guthrie-Honea had been named Robinson and Coleman, would they have attracted the same level of investment? In this year 2013, is "makerspace" just a code word for "safe place without African-Americans"? These are serious questions, deserving of serious answers. Unfortunately, I don't think the answers will be complimentary to mainstream USA culture.

You dropped your race card there, you might want to save it for an actually viable use.

Re:How does this increase diversity? (1)

zlives (2009072) | about a year ago | (#43648235)

Hey, where the makerspace women at?

Re:How does this increase diversity? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43648641)

There are literally two people in the video. You are an idiot.

yah, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43647455)

So, why hasn't the BATFE shut this down for violating ITAR regulations?

I call bullshit

Too Late (1)

Stormy Dragon (800799) | about a year ago | (#43647789)

I'm pretty sure most office refrigerators are already considered "community biology labs".

I feel giddy, oh so giddy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43648697)

I love seeing the marketplace come to people at such a low level. The corporate stuff is doing its own thing but where I see the most currently untapped potential is in the cheap and easy collaboration and innovation from hobbyists. Like open source development, kick starter, hell even the 3d printers coming out, It is all part of a kind of industrial renaissance to cut out middle men of all sorts. Mass production and dedicated workers and resources still have their place, but the ideas that will come from a flood of individual inventors will surely supplement the corporate environment with ideas that are more aimed at directly appealing to people, rather than through the byzantine process of corporate and government bureaucracy.

Equipment List? (1)

Rich0 (548339) | about a year ago | (#43651809)

I don't see an equipment list anywhere. I would imagine that you'd be pretty limited in a small lab. I'm not sure what kinds of chemicals they plan to have access to as well (I saw what looked like a vertical gel box in the video but could not listen to audio where I was at, so presumably they'll need at least salts and acids/bases for making buffers).

Then again, I'm a biochemist, not a biologist, so maybe there is a fair bit of stuff you can do in a "biology" lab. However, the last time I was in a modern university lab that was focused on what I'd consider biology they were doing a fair amount of molecular biology, working with animals and cell lines, etc. That requires quite a bit of expensive equipment, and ongoing care/expense (freezers, even LN2 freezers, cages full of mice, etc).

I couldn't much on their website - it seems like all the content is in the video which I can't listen to at the moment.

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