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Safety and ethics!


Sustainable and responsible science is an essential part of our mission.

More info coming soon!


Ethics:

The "Biohacking" or "DIYBiology" movement is a responsible movement, striving to abide by all safety and ethics rules and more.

Here is a drafted code of ethics:

from DIYbio.org


Draft DIYbio Code of Ethics from European Congress

Transparency
Emphasize transparency and the sharing of ideas, knowledge, data and results.

Safety
Adopt safe practices.

Open Access
Promote citizen science and decentralized access to biotechnology.

Education
Help educate the public about biotechnology, its benefits and implications.

Modesty
Know you don’t know everything.

Community
Carefully listen to any concerns and questions and respond honestly.

Peaceful Purposes
Biotechnology must only be used for peaceful purposes.

Respect
Respect humans and all living systems.

Responsibility
Recognize the complexity and dynamics of living systems and our responsibility towards them.

Accountability
Remain accountable for your actions and for upholding this code.

 

History: This draft code of ethics was drafted by individuals participating in the 2011 European DIYbio Congress.  Read the draft code from the 2011 North American Congress

 

Safety:

From DIYBio.org

"

Safety

One motivation for establishing DIYbio.org in advance of widespread activity is to help create frameworks for best practices worldwide.  Amateur and hobbyist communities formed around many other technical and scientific areas such as ham radio, astronomy, chemistry, meteorology, rocketry, and perhaps most celebrated today, personal computing.  In each you will find ethical codes, norms of practice, and shared resources that promote the success of the community and the individuals in it.  Activity in the life sciences by do-it-yourself biologists is following the same path.

With an informal network of 2,000+ individuals in the DIYbio community and with input from experts and stakeholders from other areas, we are gathering the critical mass necessary to begin the collaborative work that will help us establish a vibrant, productive and safe community.  The Synthetic Biology Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center has partnered with DIYbio.org to help catalyze these efforts within the community.  The project is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and seeks to work with the community to establish a code of ethics, develop norms for safety, and create shared resources for promotion of safe practice by amateurs."