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After Im done with my exams next week I would like to dig more in to this biohacking/biopunk stuff. I know there is a book titled "Biopunk - DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life".

Are there any more books out there on this subject (biopunk, biohacking, DIY biology and so on) that is worth reading?

Also if you have any recommendations regarding movies/documentries, articles or anything else it would be appreciated. It is okey if they are very technical or advanced (I have the knowledge to read them).

Lets have a productive summer everyone! :D

Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:09 pm
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I am not familiar with any DIY/Biopunk reading, however, I can point you towards a lot scientific literature and history of biology texts. It depends on what you want. Are you interested in technical reading (i.e. actual methods), basic biology (concepts) or perhaps history of biology, which can be very informative about how genetic engineering and our understanding of these concepts came about.

So one book I would strongly recommend is A History of Molecular Biology. ... 0674001699

The price has gone up considerably, I bought it for much cheaper. However, the used versions are reasonably priced. It give an excellent overview of the history of how molecular biology developed from the physics community and genetics communities earlier in the 1900s.

A more conceptual/technical book: Gene cloning and DNA analysis, excellent for beginners to the field: ... 063205901X

An excellent technical introduction for those who have little to no lab experience: At the Bench ... 0879695234

This last one has some basic protocols, lots on lab safety and procedures, introduction to basic equipment found in labs. The sort of thing that is a very useful lab manual for those just starting out.

Of course, if you want really technical reading, there is the Bible of Molecular Biology, the three part Molecular Cloning, A Laboratory Manual: ... 0879695773

This one is very expensive, and if you ever find a used one for under 50 bucks, snatch it up and treasure it. Molecular Cloning has been the standard on basic molecular techniques for years. I remember 8 years ago when I first started lab work, the post doc dropped one of the volumes down in front of me and said "read this." Some of the techniques used in it are highly specialized and a bit outdated, but on the whole, the thing is golden.

Another excellent book on more the historical origins, Phage and the Origins of Molecular Biology ... 0879695951

This is a series of essays written about Max Delbruck and his group. Max Delbruck is one of the fathers of Molecular Biology. A physicist who switched to studying bacterial viruses (phages) his group helped develop and lay the ground work for a lot of modern day molecular biology.

If I think of others, I'll let you know.

Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:09 pm
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Nice! Thanks. Will check them out, starting with the cheaper ones :D

I like the suggestions on the practical books. Have done some basic stuff in the courses I have taken (SDS-PAGE, Western blotting, cloning, ELISA, absorbance measuring and stuff like that) but have forgotten most of it and would not be able to do them again. And I have also wanting to do and learn more practical stuff. So these books will help a lot.

I'm soon taking my civil engineer degree in biotechnology (in Sweden such a degree is much like a Master of Science in Engineering) so I'm not really interested in the basic stuff (actually I'm tired of the basic stuff hehe). But if you know some really good books I don't mind reading them for fun. Also maybe someone else is interested.

I guess what I am interested in is practical methods and readings specific about biohacking/biopunk. But history books could also be good. A lot can be learned when looking at history.

Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:16 am
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YES!Sambrooke is the best. Probably my favorite benchside textbook.

Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:54 am
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