Comparing them to computer hackers of the 80s, biohackers try to manipulate and modify living organisms with the purpose of curing illnesses or gaining superpowers. You too can buy a kit and start hacking the genome.
Their shared mission is to put this technology into the hands of as many people as possible.
"People should be able to use all the technologies that science develops," says Zayner. "It shouldn't just be patented and given to companies or exclusively given to certain people."
These do-it-yourself biologists say the democratization of science has given them the freedom to do work on projects that are often ignored by larger institutions. They're using gene editing technologies like CRISPR to create personalized treatments for those suffering from rare diseases or cancer, reverse engineering pharmaceuticals like Epi-Pens so people can make their own medicine at home, and even creating glow in the dark beer.
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