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Thomas Landrain

Thomas Landrain is the co-founder and president of the nonprofit organisation La Paillasse in Paris, one of the world's largest community laboratories, commonly called hackerspaces, that foster open access and open source biotechnologies. He is an active member of the Do-it-yourself Biology (DIYbio) community, organizing the launch of DIYbio Europe, and working regularly as one of its spokespersons. Convinced that the 21st century will be the century of biotechnologies, he has been focusing on making biology more accessible to use as a technology for citizens and amateurs, developing cheap genetic diagnostic and creative use of biomaterials. He is currently finishing his Synthetic Biology PhD studies at iSSB, a CNRS-Genopole research institution.

Border Sessions 2014 - Wed, 12 Nov 2014

Synthetic biology represents a new phase in the development of biotechnology, in which scientists are gaining increasingly more control over the fundamental building blocks of life. By developing standardized interchangeable biological parts, biology is slowly becoming easier to engineer, thus opening up the door for non-experts to engage with the field as well. At the same time we are witnessing the emergence of numerous online platforms, where knowledge is shared by people all over the globe. In this session, three speakers will discuss the potential of online platforms, as well as the do-it-yourself community for the field of synthetic biology.