Rise of the Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics and Risks of De-Extinction is coming out Fall 2017. Foreword by George Church. (Illustration above by Iga Kosicka) Jurassic Park meets The Sixth Extinction in Rise of the Necrofauna, a provocative look at de-extinction from acclaimed documentarist and science writer Britt Wray. What happens when you try to […]
I have an article in the new print issue of Scenario Magazine, now on newsstands in 23 countries and available from their online shop. In their own words, “SCENARIO is the award-winning magazine on trends, ideas, visions, and possible futures. It was established in 2010 and is developed by futurists from the Copenhagen Institute for […]
I’m very happy to have been able to squeeze an article into this wonderful publication before it is put to rest (at least for now). Method Quarterly documents science in the making rather than science as product, and has 4 great issues on Boundaries, Visions, Fictions and Identity. In my opinion it’s just really fresh […]
I attended Biofabricate 2015 in NYC, where a spirited community of bio-tinkerers and engineers gathered who are trying to #growthefuture with “living machines”. I wrote about the DNA-driven perfumery methods of Gingko Bioworks, one of the presenting companies at the event, for Motherboard/Vice. The article can be found online here.
Last September I participated in a workshop led by the European Academy on the Societal Implications of Synthetic Biology in Berlin. The leaders of our workshop had the bright idea of turning our contributions into a book, and although these ideas are tossed around a lot with good intention but often little return, I’m happy […]
I wrote something that was posted today over on the MIT and Culture Kettle Evolving Culture of Science Engagement website. Full text follows: In the insightful research agenda that appears at the end of the first Evolving Culture of Science Engagement report, some attention is paid to the idea that research is already “out there” […]
Broken Pencil Magazine was founded in 1995 and has been pumping out impressive literary devotion to the underground cultural and independent arts in Canada ever since. The Toronto-based publication asked me to write a piece for their summer seasonal issue, which they’d decided they wanted to be about science. Normally the magazine explores the gems […]
I wrote an article for Entrepreneur Magazine that explains some of the reasons why investors and entrepreneurs are gravitating towards synthetic biology. I’ve got to say that the title they gave the article is a bit unfortunate and ultimately packages the piece together as click-bait hype. However my motivation to write the article was to […]
The Sandbox Network asked me about why I do what I do, my thoughts on millennials, and a few other satisfyingly open ended questions that allowed me to ramble on about some of the things that I care about. Our interview is up here if you’re interested in reading it.
I travelled to Cork, Ireland for a conference called The Synthetic Biology Future on March 13th. I wrote about what I found most interesting at the conference, namely the evolving understanding, interest and mutual appreciation between the biohacker and academic communities in attendance – on Nature Education’s Scitable. Please find the post here.
Canadian Biohackers meet the Open Web I attended the world’s first “open distributed genetic engineering event” that happened this weekend in Haliburton, Ontario and is subsequently rolling out in several DIY “do-it-yourself” biology labs (i.e. independent non-institutionally supported labs) all over the world. (If you search #sciencehack on Twitter you’ll find some documentation). All those […]
During my Master’s program at OCAD University I had the great pleasure of working with a phenomenal mind – Dr. Paula Gardner. As a critical theorist, Paula cracked my mind wide open in the first seminar that I took with her, wow-ing me with her deep and focused articulation of how the archaeology of critical […]
I’ve spent the last few months as an associate producer on new summer show about the brain on CBC Radio One – editing, interviewing, writing, chasing, and marvelling with neuroscientists about the human brain. CBC Radio One schedule: Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. Friday at 9:30 a.m. Sirius Satellite Radio Schedule: Monday at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday […]
Molly, my co-director/co-founder of Ladies Lugging Gear has whipped us up a beautiful new website. Voila! http://ladieslugginggear.com/ ABOUT LADIES LUGGING GEAR We are a monthly Toronto salon-style meet-up for storytelling, narrative crafting, directing, editing, documenting, media making, graphics juicing, animating, photographing, sound producing, street reporting, digitally cavorting Righteous Babes. In short: LADIES LUGGING GEAR is […]
The Art and Science Journal wrote a great review of the inaugural TEDxOCADU event, which I spoke at. Here is what they wrote! (Full piece here: TEDxREVIEW ) TEDxOCADU This Saturday, January 19, The Ontario College of Art and Design University hosted its inaugural TEDxOCADU, dedicating a full day to “ideas worth spreading” specifically themed […]
Created for storytelling, narrative crafting, documenting, media making, graphics juicing, photographing, sound producing, street reporting, digitally cavorting Righteous Babes, this new project co-founded by Molly Holland Willows and myself is a monthly all-female media-storytelling symposium called “Ladies Lugging Gear”. We decided that we wanted to see a centralized social community hub exist in Toronto for […]
See original published version with visuals (French included) here http://dpi.studioxx.org/demo/?q=fr/no/22/+Art-design-and-democracy-in-open-source-synthetic-biology-par-Britt-Wray Text below: Art, design and democracy in open-source synthetic biology Synthetic biology is a term that has been used since as early as 1905 when French biologist Stéphane Leduc claimed he had created La Biologie Synthethique: inorganic chemical gardens he made from metals and inks. […]