As biological tools become part of the armory of today's innovation, is there a new set of skills and norms that come along with these? How does the routine of the lab mash with a creative hack culture? And what level of understanding do you need to do something truly inventive with a petri dish rather than html?

This video features David Varela who was writing live fiction during the workshop based on the input from tweets and people participating at the event. You can see the result of his work at

Nesta teamed up with Manchester's MadLab to run an event on 7 February at their facilities. The workshop was designed as a taster for those with little knowledge of these techniques.

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