Why Basement Biohackers Might Need to Start Being Careful

Last week, the American Food and Drug Administration (the FDA) issued a stern warning to biohackers in America: Undertaking DIY gene therapy, it warned, is risky, and selling the supplies to do it is flat-out against the law. Read More >>

Genetically Engineering Yourself Sounds Like a Horrible Idea—But This Guy Is Doing It Anyway

“If something goes wrong, I can just chop off that part of the skin.”

This Guy Just Injected Himself With a DIY HIV Treatment on Facebook Live

Tristan Roberts sits sandwiched between two men on a couch in a bland DC apartment, with leafy, dusk-lit trees peeking out from the sheer curtains behind him. The mundanity of the setting betrays the extremity of what is about to happen next. On the elliptical glass coffee table in front of him is a bottle of hydrogen peroxide and a tray holding a glass of water, several vials, and syringes. Roberts is about to inject himself with an experimental gene therapy for HIV, a DIY prototype treatment designed by three biohacker friends. The treatment had never been tested in humans. Read More >>

A DIY Pharmaceutical Revolution is Coming – if it Doesn’t Kill Us First

As Mixael Laufer tells it, the vision came to him in El Salvador. Laufer was visiting South America as a human rights envoy, touring a tiny, rural mountain town with the Marin County Peace and Justice Coalition. When he arrived at the town’s medical clinic, it had just run out of birth control. Read More >>

This Guy Got a Cattle Tracking Implant in His Hand to Hack a Phone

A security expert had a computer chip usually used to track cows implanted in his hand by an “unlicensed amateur” so he could show how hackers could use tools hidden underneath their skin to hijack devices. Read More >>

The Quest to Re-Invent Photosynthesis Just Got More Colourful

Green may be the Plant Kingdom’s colour of choice, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, it takes only a little chemical tuning to turn chlorophyll—the light-absorbing pigment that colours plants green—blue, red, orange, or any other hue under the sun. Read More >>

The Real Science Behind the Crazy Night Vision Eyedrops  

When I called up the Columbia scientist whose mouse experiments inspired two biohackers to squirt chemicals in their eyes to induce “night vision,” I expected, at best, cautious optimism. I did not expect him to tell me that, oh yeah, once, in his younger days, he hooked himself up to an IV and tried it, too. Read More >>

To Feed the World, We May Need to Hack Photosynthesis

One of the biggest challenges of the 21st century will be figuring out how to feed our rising global population. Now, some scientists are making the radical claim that growing more food won't be enough—we literally need to hack photosynthesis. Read More >>

Finally, a Way to Feel Magnetic Fields Without Implants

I've always been captivated by biohackers who implant tiny magnets under their skin, giving themselves the ability to physically feel magnetic fields (yes, honestly, it's a thing). However, I'm not quite dedicated enough to go through the hassle (or commitment) of actually going under the knife. Read More >>

The Freaky, Bioelectric Future of Tattoos

The world loves tattoos. From tribal designs to tramp stamps, across cultures and borderlines, we can't get enough ink. But even multi-billion dollar industries must innovate. But what on Earth does tattoo innovation look like? What are we going to do next? Make them light up, or monitor our health, or turn into computers? What is the future of tattoos? Read More >>