From the first days of amateur biotech, hackers have reverse engineered cheaper alternatives to pricey lab equipment. The most prominent has been the OpenPCR, an inexpensive version of a DNA copy machine, which is used in every molecular biology lab. Hacks of other lab staples have slowly trickled out. But until now, the centrifuge, one of the key pieces, has stubbornly lingered on the hacker wish list. To separate cells, DNA, proteins, and other materials from the soup of stuff they're usually found in, the centrifuge requires high-speed spin, and early DIY attempts have been messy, and painful even. Finally someone has produced an exquisite centrifuge for the lab bench--17-year old high schooler Karlin Yeh.