MIT Graduate Julie Legault has created Amino, a bioengineering kit for the home. Having struggled with science throughout school, Legault wanted to devise a kit to make biology accessible. Science is generally restricted in a lab environment but with Hackspaces and DIYBio labs becoming more commonplace – science is becoming democratised.
The kit comes in a self-contained box with all the required components to start to grow your own cells. You can create scents and pigments and even build a living nightlight inspired by the firefly DNA. But it doesn’t end there, Legault hopes to develop future add ons to the kit that will allow you to potentially grow your own medicine, materials and cosmetics.