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Shaun Briley believes in science for the people. His adopted hometown of San Diego is a major biotechnology hub, home to more than 20 colleges and universities, three major hospitals, and numerous pharmaceutical companies and research facilities. Now, thanks to him, it also hosts the first biotech laboratory in a public library—the La Jolla/Riford Branch’s Bio Lab, which branch manager Briley brainstormed, organized, outfitted, and brought to life with the help of local biohackers and citizen scientists.
The world’s first biotech lab in a public library celebrated its grand opening September 1 in the La Jolla-Riford Branch Library of the San Diego Public Library (SDPL). The Bio Lab is part of the library’s Life Science Collaboratory, which has hosted a variety of classes and talks from visiting scientists since it opened its doors in April. The Bio Lab, however, promises to take Collaboratory’s citizen science mission a step further.