FBI - Fast Breaking Information
BACTOCOM and DIYbio participants Thomas Landrain and Asa Calow were recently invited to an exclusive FBI-organised conference, designed to inform the Bureau of the state-of-the-art in 'DIY biology'.
In the words of one agent, "It's the FBI's goal to work with the amateur biology community to safeguard science and those working in the field." They are working with the DIYbio community in order to understand this fast-changing field. The FBI have been talking to US-based biologists for the last few years, and this year, they've extended those talks to include groups from the UK, France, Denmark, Singapore, Germany, the Czech Republic and Canada.
The conference, held in Califoria, included presentations and panel sessions, and was attended by FBI agents and around 60 of the most prominent members of the growing DIYbio movement. Participants came from across the US, Europe and Asia, and the audience was very varied, featuring scientists, artists, designers, journalists, activists and academics.
Photograph: Rachael Turner - The eye of Asa at the FBI's get-together in San Francisco.
Read Asa Calow's Guardian story of his experience with the FBI »