Biohackers seeking to free science and scientific achievement from the ivory tower have come to realize that they may have to borrow from its conventions.
Automated benchtop systems are beginning to integrate oligonucleotide synthesis and protein production. Given economic pressures to innovate in drug manufacture and the potential of platform production technologies to enable decentralization, a future in which the brand manufacturers’ monopoly on biologics could be broken is feasible.
DIY CRISPR kits are under the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) jurisdiction, but the FDA has not yet enforced any standards for biohackers.
Cloud labs facilitate citizen and crowd-performed science. And while cloud labs may offer endless possibilities for experimentation, not all research will be for good purposes.
After a virus was created from mail-order DNA, scientists are sounding the alarm about the genetic tinkering carried out in private homes.
The biohackers are committed to mass producing slaughter-free, cheap cultured meat.
With do-it-yourself Crispr kits now available online, Hannah Devlin asks if it’s really possible to edit your own DNA.
Normally, drug makers must need the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) permission to test new drugs, but now a growing number of cases of DIY gene therapy are putting the agency in a difficult regulatory situation.
Places that sell affordable professional-grade lab supplies and websites where anyone can order their own custom DNA have enabled a growing biohacker movement.
Researchers have developed inexpensive, self-manufactured lab equipment.