Feb
4
6:00 PM18:00

Genetically Altered: A Visual Discussion

   Welcome to what it means to be a biohacker! We are a community of Scientists, entrepreneurs, amateurs, artists, technologists, social advocates, and DIY enthusiasts who believe that biology is the way of the future. Our mission is to make biology, and in a greater sense science as a whole, to be accessible to the general public through the opening of hackerspaces, the organization of outreach events, and a means of simplifying the process so the average person can do at-home science that has a real world effect.

    Genetically Altered: a Visual Discussion approaches the emerging fields of Synthetic Biology, Genetics, and Citizen Science in an artistic and visual form allowing for a further understanding, general discussion, and inclusive environment to ponder the future of designing our living world. Up until this time, Technology and Nature have been viewed as opposites in a spectrum. With the emergence of gene editing and synthesizing technologies, biology itself has become a technology and the boundary of nature and technology has become blurred. We are inviting artists to participate in a visual dialogue about this transition, the social impact, as well as the visual, functional and societal implications of the emerging fields involved in engineering life and it’s materials.

The Ballroom @ the OmniCommons

4799 Shattuck Ave,

Oakland, CA 94609

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Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

The Dreams of Synthetic Biology

What if we could engineer living materials that were as strong as concrete, but could have a function like a tree: both strong and structural while maintaining the nutrient web in an urban setting? What if we could engineer antibodies to any disease, regardless of if we’ve come into contact with it before? in this talk, we will discuss the dream of Synthetic Biology and what this new tool could do for us. As we begin to engineer life, its materials, and functions, what will we create? How will we change our clothing, buildings, cities, tools, science, wearables and our selves on a genetic level? What are the constraints, and what is the reality of this new field?

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Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Fear of the GMO Future

Biology is now a new emerging technology. This technology is now used outside the purview of Academics and Industry leaders. What happens when biotechnology is unleashed? Will this technology destroy nature as we know it? Will this technology destroy humanity as we know it? Probably not, but are we ready to make the decisions we left to random chance for billions of years? We may have no choice. Join us as we probe a panel of representing different groups using biotechnology today: academics, venture capitalists, botanists, and biohackers. There will be room for questions at the end.

https://www.meetup.com/Counter-Culture-Labs/events/234227499/

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Oct
2
10:00 AM10:00

Genetic Engineering Crash Course

We will be extracting DNA from bacteria, isolating it, separating the DNA by size and looking at it with a gel electrophoresis box. Then, using that DNA we will give our bacteria a new ability to produce chromogenic (colorful) properties. The absolute BASICS of creating your own organism!

Counter Culture Labs @ the Omni Commons

4799 Shattuck Ave,

Oakland, CA 94609
 

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