Doing Biotech in My Bedroom
- Monday, February 13, 2012
- By Antonio Regalado
A new generation of biologists embraces the do-it-yourself ethic of computer programming.
In a spare bedroom of his family's house in County Cork, Ireland, Cathal Garvey is repeating the feats that led to the dawn of the biotechnology age. He's growing bacteria. He's adding DNA. He's seeing what happens.
"To transform bacteria was once a huge deal, a new method," he explains. "Today, you can do it with Epsom salt and an over-the-counter brand of laxatives."
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