This originally appeared on Pythagoras Trousers episode 123 on May 16th 2013.
For this podcast I spoke to Thomas Landrain, the founder of La Paillase, a DIY Biology lab in Paris.
I wanted to share this piece on here because I think this movement, the DIY Biology movement is an inspiration. These labs take interdisciplinary research and curiosity to the next level. When not only scientists, but artists, designers and anyone that is interested come together, some great things can happen. And without the contraints of a university or institution, these innovators can follow their noses and do the research they’ve always wanted.
This might sound like a recipe for chaos and disaster, but with their self-organised groups, and regulations, they are well aware of the risks of their work.