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We visited The Mushroom Initiative!

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We visited The Mushroom Initiative!

On the 29th of May, me, Maria and Emma visited the Mushroom Initiative’s headquarters at Pak Ngau Shek, Tai Po. With a vision of a world where living things live in harmonic sustainability and where the environment is conserved appropriately, the Mushroom Initiative harnesses the carbon sequestering potential of soil ecosystems as carbon sinks, where their extensive knowledge of soil ecology assists in issues ranging from climate change to forest reforestation. Despite the seemingly small scale of the farm, up close the Initiative’s headquarters contains an array of diverse facilities, from fungi fermentation rooms, labs, composting gardens and organic farms....

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Textile x Bio x Digital Fab Study Group: Biofabricating Materials

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Textile x Bio x Digital Fab Study Group: Biofabricating Materials

In the first week of the Textile x Bio x Digital Fab Study Group, we started experimenting with different biofabricating materials that can be used in the textile industry. We conducted 4 experiments: the Kombucha leather, Salmon fish skin leather, coffee ground leather and gelatin-based bioplastic. You can find the recipes we used in the DIYBIO Hong Kong wiki page. as well as the learning material prepared by Cesar and Maria from MakerBay. If you are interested to join us in making biomaterials, join the meetup every Thursday from 7PM to 9PM at MakerBay Tsuen Wan. Brewing Black tea for Kombucha making.  ...

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Lunch with biohacker Josiah Zayner at MakerBay

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Lunch with biohacker Josiah Zayner at MakerBay

Today, we were very lucky to have the visit and share lunch with the Biohacker Josiah Zayner. It was great to hear first person his perspective about his work, the community and how the field of biohacking is moving, in the USA, China and other places. Here is an hour and a half lunch. Below are some of the things we talked about: https://youtu.be/WKj1BhefV68 Josiah Zayner Odin Companyhttp://www.the-odin.com/about-us/ Hong Kong regulations on GMOshttps://www.afcd.gov.hk/english///conservation/con_gmo/gmo_control/gmo_control.html Zebra fish embryos to test toxics in Hong Kong Science Parkhttps://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education-community/article/1828945/hong-kong-based-entrepreneur-discovers-new-wayhttp://www.vitargent.com/ Low cost biosimilar drugshttps://www.investors.com/news/technology/biosimilars-rival-biologics-amgen-abbvie-roche/ Genetic Immunotheratyhttp://www.personalhealthnews.ca/research-and-innovations/innovative-new-lung-cancer-treatment-extends-lifehttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5932400/ Assistant Professor He Jiankui and GMO baby in Chinahttps://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/2182964/china-confirms-gene-edited-babies-blames-scientist-he-jiankui Zika...

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Let's Talk Bio! Science x Art Talk at MakerBay Central

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Let's Talk Bio! Science x Art Talk at MakerBay Central

It is our great honor to have Dr. Yun Wah Lam as our speaker in the Science x Art = Knowledge Revolution talk last week at MakerBay Central. This talk is one of the public lecture from the Let’s Talk Bio! series organised by DIY BIO Hong Kong at PMQ. This is the most popular talk among our previous talks so far. In the talk Dr. Lam shared his personal journey in the teaching of science to art students in CityU’s newly created bachelor programme of Art and Science (BAS). Illustrated by student projects, he also tell you why a dialogue between artists and...

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First testing of the DNA Barcoding Project in the DIYBIO Hong Kong community lab!

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First testing of the DNA Barcoding Project in the DIYBIO Hong Kong community lab!

What is Barcode Hong Kong Project? The Hong Kong Barcode Project is a citizen science program in Hong Kong. Just like the unique pattern of bars on the products in supermarket, a DNA barcode is a DNA sequence that uniquely identifies each species of living thing. The Hong Kong Barcode Project aims to engage general public using DNA technology to explore biodiversity in Hong Kong. Projects can use DNA barcodes to examine any aspect of the environment, such as: Sampling biodiversity in a park, garden, office, or school; Checking for invasive plant or animal species; Monitoring disease vectors; Identifying exotic...

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