What are the books that one should read if one wants to start bio-hacking? Programming and CS books were discussed here many times: K&R, SICP, Corman etc, but what about biotech/life sciences?
I've tried some O'Reilly books like "Perl/Python for bioinformatics" but they are really for biologists trying to program, not the other way around.
- Khan Academy (Biology, Chemistry, Statistics, Probability)
- Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies <-- includes overview of lab techniques like PCR and electrophoresis
- Bioinformatics for Dummies
- R Cookbook
- Molecular Biology of the Cell <-- expensive textbook, very detailed
For example http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK20260/ or http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/education/ or just http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
I would suggest trying to learn biology or chemistry like anyone going for a degree in either or both. Look into what books and other publications they read. Or just go back to school and add a squishy degree to your CS degree. Or do the equivalent of that on your own.
I would say that is way better than Bioinformatics for Dummies.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ - sequences, papers, and so much more
http://smd.stanford.edu/ - microarray data
http://archive.ics.uci.edu/ml/ - not biology related but good data sets to play with R
WET LAB: pipette lab coats and playing with chemicals
"biotech temp agency"
BIOINFORMATICS: probably the quickest route for a programmer
"Best resources to learn molecular biology for a computer scientist."
"Bioinformatics for programmers"
"A Quick Guide for Developing Effective Bioinformatics Programming Skills"
MICROFLUIDICS: "lab on a chip"
List of microfluidic companies
Talk to me if you're serious about it ... there is a HUGE community basically waiting to blow open ... I've recently begun working in bioinformatics and bio into my skillset, in this short time the interest has only grown.
Here are links to two genomics lectures: David Botstein (Princeton): http://www.ibioseminars.org/lectures/cell-bio-a-med/david-bo...
and Jonathan Weissman (UCSF): http://ibioseminars.org/lectures/bio-techniques/jonathan-wei...