Biohackers : The Politics of Open Science

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 17.78mm | 340.19g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745332811
  • 9780745332819
  • 2,351,644

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Table of contents


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



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Review quote

'The biohackers are here. In this fascinating book, Alessandro Delfanti

shows us how a new generation of scientists is breaking open

the study of biology with the kinds of countercultural tools first used to hack the computer. Thanks to their work, science may never be the same again' -- Fred Turner, Associate Professor of Communication, Stanford University 'A deft and accessible introduction to the changing face of science in the new century. He brings a journalist's skill, a scientist's scepticism and an activist's passion to the question of open science today' -- Christopher M. Kelty, Associate Professor of Information Studies and Anthropology, Institute for Society and Genetics, UCLA 'Hacking is now firmly entrenched in the world of biology. Alessandro Delfanti provides the definitive account covering the early, formative history of bio-hackers, a motley cohort of scientists, entrepreneurs, and amateur tinkers who are insisting on openness for their scientific enterprise' -- Gabriella Coleman, Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy,McGill University and author of Coding Freedom: The Aesthetics and the Ethics of Hacking (2012).
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About Alessandro Delfanti

Alessandro Delfanti teaches New Media at the University of Milan. He is a member of the research group ICS (Innovations in the Communication of Science) at SISSA, in Trieste, and an editor of the Journal of Science Communication. He is the author of Biohackers (Pluto, 2013).
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