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DATE: 20.09.2016     TAGS: bio · final project

The interviewees were Gijs and Benjamin from the Netherlands and Germany. They are biotechnology students and they are part of DTU’s iGem team.

Top 3 inspiring stories

  1. “Conventional yeast requires sugar as a fuel. And the sugar is derived from edible crops. So if you use those crops for your bio-based economy […] you drive up the food price. That’s why we use non-conventional yeast… The idea is to have an economic application.”
  2. “That’s ironic: now we know that glyphosate is possibly cancerogenic.. but still people were using 30% of the amount of pesticide on a GMO crop. If you understand organically grown as having less impact on the environment it might be more reasonable than putting chemicals.”
  3. “I think more it helps to raise awareness […] when you start tell people that insulin is… or a lot of protein therapeutics are from GMOs.. that’s a revelation.. so genetic modification is very abstract for a lot of people, they don’t even realise where they are in contact with it already.”

Attitude towards Biohacking

  1. “You have one track just for community labs… but biologigaragen is not [participating]. They don’t have a GMO licence – thats a shame.”
  2. “Like basically the equipment becomes much more accessible and much more cheaper also. So you get to a point, that people can just.. I mean it becomes affordable and the knowledge is there to just make your lab in your garage.. and then you can do basically the same things as you can do here in a conventional lab.”
  3. “Back then, they [community lab] were very focused on algae and yoghurt and eatables. If we had picked an algae project, I would have said ‘let’s go there’. – But I think its also a big part because they don’t do GMO.”

Most memorable quote

“Everybody can apply and then Chris, the supervisor, and the alumni of the last years team help select the team. So there should be of course a decent amount of people who know how to work in the lab. That’s I think the core… and then I hope that next year there will be an electrical engineer or design and innovation students.”

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