Daniel Grushkin

Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life (Businessweek)

I first dabbled with genetic engineering two years ago in my apartment. A dozen strangers I’d met online hovered around a cherry dining room table while molecular biologist Ellen Jorgensen and I coaxed a new set of genetic instructions into a vial of bacteria. The new code, originally from jellyfish, successfully programmed the bacteria to glow green. It was a meager introduction to biotechnology. Afterwards, we ate pizza.