Biohacking Code of Conduct
We have been invited to give our views on a possible DIYBio code of conduct. http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/e5f41cdda8b7146b/bbd26dcba4761a4b?lnk=gst&q=diybio#bbd26dcba4761a4b
This page is used to gather reading material and start a discussion.
- Our own Biohacking Resources section: http://wiki.hackspace.org.uk/wiki/Biohacking#Resources
- Links from DIYbio http://diybio.org/codes (about the event itself) http://diybio.org/safety (about how to esablish guide lines)
- This is worth a look, too: a US "presidential commission" reports on DIYBio movement in the US http://www.nature.com/news/2010/101216/full/news.2010.680.html
- Some notes on the relationship between the AAAS, FBI and DIYBio: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/330/6012/1766.full#sec-3
- Catherine the Hackspace ethicist has offered her help.
- GILDA: our representatives should be scientists and/or people who already have practical experience of biohacking. We shouldn't be represented by anyone who will talk about perceived or imagined problems.
- BUGS: as a science-type-person, I'd be very interested in going along.
- "genetic counselling" - medical ethics - counselling important before results of medical test results - we can do a lot, but *should* we? - national ethics framework for bio labs - should biohackers adhere to it as well? - ethics review boards for bio labs - should biohackers do the same thing? - applies to both people and animals - and consideration is given to the quality of the science being done - could we replicate ethics review boards with peer review? - ie before doing an experiment, ask another dig bio group's opinion. - should it just be "abide by the law"? - animal cruelty laws, for example - "causing unnecessary suffering" (in the eyes of the law) - experiments on people - eg swabs for detecting diseases - if we just perform experiments on ourselves - if the bio group does... - ... if we do it on the general public - maybe drawing the line at allowing people to test themselves, versus allowing people to advertise tests on others - disposal of materials - guidelines for handling and disposal of materials? - "don't summon something you can't dismiss" - ethical induction required before doing experiments? - code of ethics for diybio hackers? - ieee code of ethics? - can we copy this, or another institution's? - for example that of the British Computing Society? - playing with genetically modified organisms? - how is the organism genetically modified and does that matter? - eg forced fast selection by exposing crop strains to mutagens - should you be allowed to give yourself cancer? - cf law that says there is a level of pain you can't consent to - by contrast, should you be obliged to prevent someone else harming themselves? Do you have a responsibility for other people's safety? - how much does the backspace ethic / hacker manifesto intersect or apply at all? - safe storage and labelling of substances and equipment? - as per the law, or should we do more than that? - would / could dnabio produce "the next bio-al quaeda"? - deliberate terrorism - or accidental ("safe" organism turns out to be dangerous, or dangerous organism accidentally gets out into the wild)