Video of this event can be viewed here.
Do-it-yourself (DIY) biologists set up home labs in garages and spare bedrooms, or use community lab spaces, to play with plasmids, yeast, and tools like CRISPR. Some members of this community insert magnets, RFID chips, lasers, and genes into their bodies, seeking to enhance human capacity and, in some cases, redefine themselves as cyborgs. Prof. Ikemoto examined the potential dangers of DIY bio as well as the possibility for building a new relationship between science and society that focuses on knowledge creation, equality and justice.
Francis X. Shen, JD, PhD
Associate Professor of Law, University of Minnesota
Executive Director of Education and Outreach, MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience
Senior Fellow in Law and Neuroscience, Harvard Law School
Affiliated Faculty, Center for Law, Brain & Behavior, Massachusetts General Hospital
John C. Bischof, PhD
Director, Institute for Engineering in Medicine
Medtronic Bakken Chair
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of Minnesota
Ikemoto LC. DIY Bio: Hacking Life in Biotech's Backyard. UC Davis Law Review 2017;51:539-568.
Continuing Education Information:
Attorneys: The Minnesota State Board of Continuing Legal Education approved 1.5 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits; Event Code is 265318.
Continuing Medical Education:
In support of improving patient care, University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Credit Designation Statements
American Medical Association (AMA)
The University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Other Healthcare Professionals
Other healthcare professionals who participate in this CE activity may submit their statement of participation to their appropriate accrediting organizations or state boards for consideration of credit. The participant is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.
Educational Objectives for this lecture series are:
- Recognize the effects of DIY Bio in your clinical practice and be better prepared to treat patients who have engaged in biohacking their own bodies.
- Collaborate with citizen scientists to share information and ensure scientific and ethics best practices are followed.
- Recognize the threat arising from these activities and collaborate with public health authorities to monitor and plan for possible outbreaks/biosecurity attacks.
This activity was designed for primary care physicians, pharmacists, PAs, RNs, NPs, genetic counselors, citizen scientists/community members, researchers, biomedical engineers.