SEATTLE, Wash. -

Amateur scientists have a biotech lab in Seattle where they can conduct their own research and attend workshops outside of academia.

HiveBio opened in October at a conference center near the University of Washington.

The Seattle Times reports it's part of a national trend toward citizen science projects propelled by the creativity of hacker culture.

HiveBio members pay fees to use the facility but organizers are looking for grants or other long-term funding.

It's equipped with a machine that copies genes. Organizers are looking for more equipment, including a DNA sequencer.