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Wednesday, August 24 • 12:00 - 12:20
Biology as a tool for change

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DIYbio is a worldwide movement of bioscientists democratising biosciences. Biotechnology and biosciences have undergone a technological revolution. Once reserved for the powerful and rich few, they have now become affordable and easy to practise independently in a DIY fashion. ReaGent is one of those Do-It-Yourself bio labs that emerged in Ghent, Belgium. We put the power of working with living matter, micro-organisms and DNA in the hands of everyone, by sharing infrastructure and knowledge together with a growing community.

Transhumanism is related to the story of DIYbio. The goal of transhumanism is to enhance human intellectual, physical and psychological capacities, to earn the label of a posthuman being. The two meet where people with no means want to experiment on the human body, usually their own, with the aim of improving themselves using technology. A DIYbio lab provides the infrastructure required for such self-determination.

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Winnie Poncelet

Co-founder, ReaGent
Winnie is co-founder of ReaGent, a non-profit Do-It-Yourself bio lab in Ghent that makes biosciences more accessible. This biological lab serves as a place for learning, prototyping and experimenting for beginners and experts alike. Besides providing infrastructure, ReaGent advances... Read More →

Wednesday August 24, 2016 12:00 - 12:20 CEST