Biohackers explores fundamental changes occuring in the circulation and ownership of scientific information. Alessandro Delfanti argues that the combination of the ethos of 20th century science, the hacker movement and the free software movement is producing an open science culture which redefines the relationship between researchers, scientific institutions and commercial companies.
Biohackers looks at the emergence of the citizen biology community 'DIYbio', the shift to open access by the American biologist Craig Venter and the rebellion of the Italian virologist Ilaria Capua against WHO data-sharing policies.
Delfanti argues that these biologists and many others are involved in a transformation of both life sciences and information systems, using open access tools and claiming independence from both academic and corporate institutions.
Alessandro Delfanti teaches New Media at the University of Milan. He is a member of the research group ICS (Innovations in the Communication of Science) at SISSA, in Trieste, and an editor of the Journal of Science Communication. He is the author of Biohackers (Pluto, 2013).
Preface 1. Cracking codes, remixing cultures 2. Forbidden, public, enclosed, open science 3. Hackers, rebels and profiteers 4. Sailing and sequencing the genome seas 5. Just another rebel scientist 6. We are the biohackers 7. Conclusions: how to hack biology Notes Bibliography Index