hackteria.org is an international collective of artists and scientists promoting the establishment and development of DIY bio labs. Founded in 2009 by Andy Gracie, Marc Dusseiller and Yashas Shetty “the aim of the project is to develop a rich web resource for people interested in or developing projects that involve DIY bioart, open source software and electronic experimentation.” source: http://hackteria.org/?page_id=2
The organization functions as a community offering information, instruction, and critical reflection through meetings, workshops and ongoing projects.
The project DIY Microscopy turned a standard webcam into a microscope with magnification up to 400X. The hack is described on the hackteria.org website (http://hackteria.org/?p=52) with simple instructions, and was also recently demonstrated at the Bay Area DIY Bio lab Biocurious in a workshop led by Marc Dusseiller and Urs Gaudenz.
A similar set of workshops have beenheld around the world, including at HoNF in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Dusseiller explains the workshop as typifying hackteria’s mission:
"Perhaps the key activity and aim of the hackteria project sofar is to provide
accessible and affordable tools and information to allow artists, hardware
hackers and amateur scientists to work with micro-organisms in a
meaningful way[…] Following hackteria workshop methodologies it is
possible, for example, to produce a good quality video microscope for the
fraction of the cost of a shop bought device.
Finally, some of the hackteria projects have been further implemented in
other aspects outside of the arts world. […] it has been implemented in
Universities and High-schools in Indonesia, where, in the context of a
developing country, it can be used as an educational tool and also has the
potential for low-cost diagnostics” source: www.dusseiller.ch/cv/dusjagr_labs_2011.pdf