Genetic Engineering becoming a cottage industry?

December 26, 2008

California (ChattahBox) – Who says you need a Ph.D and massive funding to get involved with genetic engineering? Meredith Patterson (shown left), a 31 year old San Francisco resident, is experimenting with yogurt bacteria, attempting to create a genetically altered version that would glow green when encountering the deadly chemical melamine.

She is one of several self-named ‘biohackers’, biology enthusiasts working from their homes to create the next wave of scientific and medical breakthroughs. These amateur scientists worry the science community but are also getting quite a bit of support, among biologists all over the world. While there is concern that they could potentially cause a biohazard, there is also hope that one day one of them may find the next big cure or breakthrough.

“People can really work on projects for the good of humanity while learning about something they want to learn about in the process,” Patterson explained to reporters when asked about her reasons for dabbling in genetics.

She has spent countless hours learning everything she can on the subject from science journals and papers, to online forums and text books. But not everyone is impressed by her enthusiasm.

“Once you move to people working in their garage or other informal location, there’s no safety process in place,” Jim Thomas, a member of ETC Group, a US based biotechology watchdog warned.

No breakthroughs have yet been encountered by amateur projects into genetic engineering, but there are high hopes for the future.


One Response to “Genetic Engineering becoming a cottage industry?”

  1. Hun Seiha on January 5th, 2009 4:14 am

    In the future i want to be a scientist of engineering of genetic.

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