Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745332802 Published May 2013 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745332819 Published May 2013 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Biohackers: The Politics of Open Science

Alessandro Delfanti

Biohackers: The Politics of Open Science

Alessandro Delfanti

Distributed for Pluto Press

176 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745332802 Published May 2013 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745332819 Published May 2013 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Biohackers explores fundamental changes occuring in the circulation and ownership of scientific information. Alessandro Delfanti argues that the combination of the ethos of 20th century science, the hacker movement and the free software movement is producing an open science culture which redefines the relationship between researchers, scientific institutions and commercial companies.

Biohackers looks at the emergence of the citizen biology community ‘DIYbio’, the shift to open access by the American biologist Craig Venter and the rebellion of the Italian virologist Ilaria Capua against WHO data-sharing policies.

Delfanti argues that these biologists and many others are involved in a transformation of both life sciences and information systems, using open access tools and claiming independence from both academic and corporate institutions.

Contents

Preface
1. Cracking codes, remixing cultures
2. Forbidden, public, enclosed, open science
3. Hackers, rebels and profiteers
4. Sailing and sequencing the genome seas
5. Just another rebel scientist
6. We are the biohackers
7. Conclusions: how to hack biology
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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