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Mackenzie Cowell is in the Boston Globe for his DIYbio effort. This group aims to bring biology, especially synthetic biology or what they term "biohacking," into the realm of amateurs. "It shows you how much science can be about duct tape and having a few screws in the right place," Cowell says. "It shatters that clinical image."

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