Basel Biohackers

Group Details
This group is for anyone in Basel who is interested in making science open and accessible to everyone. Our goal is to create a nurturing environment for community DIYBio projects in the Basel area, and promote collaborations with other biohacker groups in Lucerne and Zurich. 

Regardless of whether you are a seasoned scientist, or a complete novice, everyone is welcome. 

Possible projects which we can offer:

1. Learn how to 3D print and build your own low-cost molecular biology equipment using inexpensive, everyday materials, and use them to conduct your own experiments. 

2. Learn to isolate your own DNA and detect different genetic markers, such as BRCA1 (a marker for breast cancer), CCR5 (a marker for HIV resistance), etc.

3. Learn how to extract DNA from fruits and vegetables and test whether they are genetically engineered. 

4. Genetically engineer yeast strains to make better tasting wines and ciders

5. Learn how to sequence your own genome and analyze it using open-source software.

6. Support the scientific efforts of the Open Insulin project (, which aims to give diabetics the power to make their own insulin

7. Learn how to draw with genetically engineered fluorescent and glowing bacteria

These are but a few of the many projects which are possible. If you have one of your own, you are welcome to share it. 

Currently we are building low-cost biohacker lab infrastructure and optimizing a simple, low-cost, and user-friendly isothermal PCR assay for detecting SARS-COV2. Our goal is to build an entire lab and develop a reliable assay for less than 500 CHF.