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Biopunk

Author : Marcus Wohlsen
ISBN : 9781101476352
Genre : Science
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Bill Gates recently told Wired that if he were a teenager today, he would be hacking biology. "If you want to change the world in some big way," he says, "that's where you should start-biological molecules." The most disruptive force on the planet resides in DNA. Biotech companies and academic researchers are just beginning to unlock the potential of piecing together life from scratch. Champions of synthetic biology believe that turning genetic code into Lego-like blocks to build never-before-seen organisms could solve the thorniest challenges in medicine, energy, and environmental protection. But as the hackers who cracked open the potential of the personal computer and the Internet proved, the most revolutionary discoveries often emerge from out-of-the-way places, forged by brilliant outsiders with few resources besides boundless energy and great ideas. In Biopunk, Marcus Wohlsen chronicles a growing community of DIY scientists working outside the walls of corporations and universities who are committed to democratizing DNA the way the Internet did information. The "biohacking" movement, now in its early, heady days, aims to unleash an outbreak of genetically modified innovation by making the tools and techniques of biotechnology accessible to everyone. Borrowing their idealism from the worlds of open-source software, artisinal food, Internet startups, and the Peace Corps, biopunks are devoted advocates for open-sourcing the basic code of life. They believe in the power of individuals with access to DNA to solve the world's biggest problems. You'll meet a new breed of hackers who aren't afraid to get their hands wet, from entrepreneurs who aim to bring DNA-based medical tools to the poorest of the poor to a curious tinkerer who believes a tub of yogurt and a jellyfish gene could protect the world's food supply. These biohackers include: -A duo who started a cancer drug company in their kitchen -A team who built an open-source DNA copy machine -A woman who developed a genetic test in her apartment for a deadly disease that had stricken her family Along with the potential of citizen science to bring about disruptive change, Wohlsen explores the risks of DIY bioterrorism, the possibility of genetic engineering experiments gone awry, and whether the ability to design life from scratch on a laptop might come sooner than we think.

Science And Democracy

Author : Stephen Hilgartner
ISBN : 9781136748271
Genre : Social Science
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In the life sciences and beyond, new developments in science and technology and the creation of new social orders go hand in hand. In short, science and society are simultaneously and reciprocally coproduced and changed. Scientific research not only produces new knowledge and technological systems but also constitutes new forms of expertise and contributes to the emergence of new modes of living and new forms of exchange. These dynamic processes are tightly connected to significant redistributions of wealth and power, and they sometimes threaten and sometimes enhance democracy. Understanding these phenomena poses important intellectual and normative challenges: neither traditional social sciences nor prevailing modes of democratic governance have fully grappled with the deep and growing significance of knowledge-making in twenty-first century politics and markets. Building on new work in science and technology studies (STS), this book advances the systematic analysis of the coproduction of knowledge and power in contemporary societies. Using case studies in the new life sciences, supplemented with cases on informatics and other topics such as climate science, this book presents a theoretical framing of coproduction processes while also providing detailed empirical analyses and nuanced comparative work. Science and Democracy: Knowledge as Wealth and Power in the Biosciences and Beyond will be interesting for students of sociology, science & technology studies, history of science, genetics, political science, and public administration.

Knowing New Biotechnologies

Author : Matthias Wienroth
ISBN : 9781317691518
Genre : MATHEMATICS
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The areas of personal genomics and citizen science draw on – and bring together – different cultures of producing and managing knowledge and meaning. They also cross local and global boundaries, are subjects and objects of transformation and mobility of research practices, evaluation and multi-stakeholder groups. Thirdly, they draw on logics of ‘convergence’: new links between, and new kinds of, stakeholders, spaces, knowledge, practices, challenges and opportunities. This themed collection of essays from nationally and internationally leading scholars and commentators advances and widens current debates in Science and Technology Studies and in Science Policy concerning ‘converging technologies’ by complementing the customary focus on technical aspirations for convergence with the analysis of the practices and logics of scientific, social and cultural knowledge production that constitute contemporary technoscience. In case studies from across the globe, contributors discuss the ways in which science and social order are linked in areas such as direct-to consumer genetic testing and do-it-yourself biotechnologies. Organised into thematic sections, ‘Knowing New Biotechnologies’ explores: • ways of understanding the dynamics and logics of convergences in emergent biotechnologies • governance and regulatory issues around technoscientific convergences • democratic aspects of converging technologies – lay involvement in scientific research and the co-production of biotechnology and social and cultural knowledge.

Biotechnology And Society

Author : Hallam Stevens
ISBN : 9780226046150
Genre : Science
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With Biotechnology and Society, Hallam Stevens offers an up-to-date primer to help us understand the interactions of biotechnology and society and the debates, controversies, fears, and hopes that have shaped how we think about bodies, organisms, and life in the twenty-first century. Stevens addresses such topics as genetically modified foods, cloning, and stem cells; genetic testing and the potential for discrimination; fears of (and, in some cases, hopes for) designer babies; personal genomics; biosecurity; and biotech art. Taken as a whole, the book presents a clear, authoritative picture of the relationship between biotechnology and society today, and how our conceptions (and misconceptions) of it could shape future developments. It is an essential volume for students and scholars working with biotechnology, while still being accessible to the general reader interested in the truth behind breathless media accounts about biotech’s promise and perils.

Biohacking

Author : Hanno Charisius
ISBN : 9783446435544
Genre : Science
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Bislang war Genforschung Profiwissenschaftlern vorbehalten. Diese Zeiten sind vorbei, meinen die Wissenschaftsjournalisten Hanno Charisius, Richard Friebe und Sascha Karberg. Sie bauten mit einem Mini-Budget ein eigenes Labor auf, analysierten ihre Erbanlagen und hantierten sogar mit potenziell gefährlichen Genen. Mit ihrem zweijährigen Selbstversuch stiegen sie ein in die Welt der »Biohacker« und trafen die Pioniere dieser neuen Amateurforschungs-Bewegung, die sich in Underground-Labors an Krebsforschung versuchen. Wer sind diese Hacker des Lebens-Codes? Welche Chancen und Gefahren birgt die neue Makers-Bewegung der Biotechnologie? Und wie sollten Politik und Gesellschaft auf sie reagieren?

Direkte Aktion

Author : David Graeber
ISBN : 3894017759
Genre : Anti-globalization movement
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Blade Runner Ii

Author : K. W. Jeter
ISBN : 3453152069
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Finanzmathematik In Der Bankpraxis

Author : Thomas Heidorn
ISBN : 9783658134488
Genre : Business & Economics
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Effektivzinsberechnung, Optionspreistheorie, Hedging - Finanzmathematik ist unvzerzichtbares Handwerkszeug für die Bankpraxis. Obwohl die EDV einen Großteil der Berechnungen übernimmt, ist für jeden Banker das Verständnis fundamentaler Zahlenzusammenhänge bedeutsam, um effektive Strategien in der Finanzwelt planen zu können. In diesem Buch werden von einfachen Barwertberechnungen bis zum Hedging mit Futures und Swaps alle relevanten Instrumente erklärt und mit Hilfe vieler Beispiele verdeutlicht. Die sechste Auflage enthält einen neuen Abschnitt zum Thema Berechnung von Kreditrisiken. Außerdem hat der Autor die Fundamentalanalyse von Aktien erweitert.

Steckt

Author : Oliver Jeffers
ISBN : 3314102801
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Programmieren In Lua

Author : Roberto Ierusalimschy
ISBN : 3955390209
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