Wondering what to do with your old CD player, now that you’ve got that cool iPod? You might trying combining it with that old inkjet printer, and making your own bioassay molecule detection instrument:

Scientists at the University of California at San Diego have adapted an inkjet printer and a CD player to make a scientific instrument that detects types of proteins molecules present in a solution by measuring where they bind on the surface of a specially prepared CD.

How far are we from being able to do genetic hacking, I wonder?