Location: Fab Lab Berlin, 7 July 2017 Open Innovation Space, Prenzlauer Allee 242, 10405 Berlin
The crispr.kitchen connects biohackers and makers who develop their own technologies with industry and academics to exchange about the future of citizen made technology in Germany. By discussing latest prototypes and in interactive games, we will explore the potentials of DIYscience in the innovation system and society.
In the retreat (Klausurwoche 13-17th march 2017) we, KIT-ITAS, were looking for non-obvious applications of genome editing technology, with a strong focus on CRISPR methods. Due to the unsurpassed speed with which the foundational research discovery of the bacterial innate immunity mechanisms transformed into a technology, technology assessment has to turn into science assessment. Inspired by Paul Feyerabends science epistemiology, we invited experts from outside the academic field to allow for new perspectives.
During the retreat week we were creating conditions for the participants to develop scenarios on genome editing in a transdisciplinary team effort. After hearing highly qualitative lectures by experts in bioethics, CRISPR bioinformatics, GMO regulation and patenting participants developed four novel scenarios and gave final presentations to a small audience at the Technical University Munich campus. What we came up with is "FICTION IN SCIENCE". Check the other pages to get inspired by our thought experiments, technical and scientific background information and legal and ethical considerations.