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Biohackers The Politics of Open Science

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ISBN-10: 0745332803

ISBN-13: 9780745332802

Edition: 2013

Authors: Alessandro Delfanti

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Crack the code, share your data, have fun, save the world, be independent, become famous and make a lot of money. The remix between the Mertonian ethic of 20th century science and the hacker ethic is producing an emergent open science culture that is redefining the relation between researchers, scientific institutions and intellectual property is redefined. This book tells the story of the open access turn of the American biologist Craig Venter, the rebellion of the Italian virologist Ilaria Capua against WHO data sharing policies and the emergence of citizen biology projects that explicitly refer to the hacking history. These biologists can be a rich model for current transformations in both life sciences and informational capitalism: they use open access tools but also rebel against bureaucracy and claim independence from both academic and corporate institutions. They refuse any interference coming from both academic and corporate incumbents. In some cases they express an explicit drive towards profit and entrepreneurship. They are part of a transformation that involves the proprietary structure of scientific information - who owns and disposes of biological data and knowledge? - and challenges the institutional environment in which biological research takes place.
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Book details

List price: $26.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication date: 5/10/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.462
Language: English


Cracking Codes, Remixing Cultures
Forbidden, Public, Enclosed, Open Science
Hackers, Rebels and Profiteers
Sailing and Sequencing the Genome Seas
Just Another Rebel Scientist
We are the Biohackers
Conclusion: How to Hack Biology