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= Reading links=
 
= Reading links=
 
* Our own Biohacking Resources section: http://wiki.hackspace.org.uk/wiki/Biohacking#Resources
 
* 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)  
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* Links from DIYbio http://diybio.org/codes (about the event itself) http://diybio.org/safety (about how to esablish guide lines)
  
  
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* 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
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* Some notes on the relationship between the AAAS, FBI and DIYBio: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/330/6012/1766.full#sec-3
  
 
 
 
=Notes=
 
=Notes=
* Cathy the Hackspace ethicist has offered her help.
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* [[User:Liedra|Catherine]] the Hackspace ethicist has offered her help.
  
 
=Discussion=
 
=Discussion=
 
*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.
 
*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.
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*BUGS: as a science-type-person, I'd be very interested in going along.
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= Brainstorming notes =
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- "genetic counselling" - medical ethics - counselling important before results of medical test results
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-  we can do a lot, but *should* we?
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- national ethics framework for bio labs
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- should biohackers adhere to it as well?
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- ethics review boards for bio labs
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- should biohackers do the same thing?
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- applies to both people and animals
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- and consideration is given to the quality of the science being done
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- could we replicate ethics review boards with peer review?
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- ie before doing an experiment, ask another dig bio group's opinion.
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- should it just be "abide by the law"?
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- animal cruelty laws, for example
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- "causing unnecessary suffering" (in the eyes of the law)
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- experiments on people
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- eg swabs for detecting diseases
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- if we just perform experiments on ourselves
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- if the bio group does...
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- ... if we do it on the general public
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- maybe drawing the line at allowing people to test themselves, versus allowing people to advertise tests on others
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- disposal of materials
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- guidelines for handling and disposal of materials?
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- "don't summon something you can't dismiss"
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- ethical induction required before doing experiments?
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- code of ethics for diybio hackers?
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- ieee code of ethics?
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- can we copy this, or another institution's?
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- for example that of the British Computing Society?
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- playing with genetically modified organisms?
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- how is the organism genetically modified and does that matter?
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- eg forced fast selection by exposing crop strains to mutagens
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- should you be allowed to give yourself cancer?
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- cf law that says there is a level of pain you can't consent to
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- by contrast, should you be obliged to prevent someone else harming themselves? Do you have a responsibility for other people's safety?
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- how much does the backspace ethic / hacker manifesto intersect or apply at all?
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- safe storage and labelling of substances and equipment?
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- as per the law, or should we do more than that?
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- would / could dnabio produce "the next bio-al quaeda"?
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- deliberate terrorism
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- or accidental ("safe" organism turns out to be dangerous, or dangerous organism accidentally gets out into the wild)
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</nowiki>
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[[category:Biohacking]]

Latest revision as of 20:19, 26 January 2015

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.

Reading links


Notes

  • Catherine the Hackspace ethicist has offered her help.

Discussion

  • 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.

Brainstorming notes


- "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)