What is it? Definition
DIYBio--what is it?
Do-it-yourself biology (DIY biology, DIY bio) is a growing biotechnological social movement in which individuals, communities, and small organizations, study biology and life science using the same methods as traditional research institutions. DIY biology is primarily undertaken by individuals with extensive research training from academia or corporations, who then mentor and oversee other DIY biologists with no formal training. This may be done as a hobby, as a not-for-profit endeavor for community learning and open-science innovation, or for profit, to start a business.
The movement emphasizes DIY genetic experiments and open access to scientific and specifically genetic material. The DIY biology movement attempts to make available the tools and resources necessary for anyone, including non-professionals, to conduct biological engineering. For example, low-cost thermocyclers such as OpenPCR have been created to make a crucial technology more widely available to the public. DIY biologists often conduct genetic engineering in garage or basement laboratories and often with the use of Open source or home made equipment.
DIYbio members value open-source, meaning designs and projects are usually under copyleft licenses, seeking to avoid the red tape associated with patents and allow fellow biohackers to easily improve the parts or systems.