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“Do-it-yourself biology” becoming popular in U.S. and Europe

  • June 25, 2018
  • , NHK
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NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on the growing popularity mainly in the U.S. and Europe of “do-it-yourself biology,” which is a growing biotechnological social movement in which individuals, communities, and small organizations study biology and life science using the same methods as traditional research institutions. The program said it has become easy for individuals to engage in biotechnology research since the cost of gene analysis has dropped significantly. The program said while this movement could lead to new innovations, such as the development of new drugs, some people may conduct experiments that raise bioethical issues. 

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