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Biohackers 101



What is Bio­hack­ing and Who are these people?

The term bio­hacker rep­re­sents 164,000 google searches today. As a whole, peo­ple who sub­scribe to the bio­hacker lifestyle and move­ment agree that it is both pos­si­ble and desir­able to advance the human being to peak health and per­for­mance through DiY meth­ods. The pur­suit of opti­mal human func­tion­ing may be done through manip­u­la­tion of the human body through self-experimentation with tech­nol­ogy and nutri­tion and often involves the record­ing and track­ing of bio­med­ical data.

There are  sub­groups within the bio­hacker com­mu­nity includ­ing tran­shu­man­ism and biop­unk with their own sub­group called grinders. Speci­fice ide­ol­ogy seems to dic­tate the pre­cise label that is accepted. For exam­ple, ttran­shu­man­ism beliefs include the use of tech­nol­ogy and  biop­unk advo­cates open access to genetic infor­ma­tion and tech­nol­ogy alike while grinders are known for their body mod­i­fi­ca­tions via the use of cyber­netic devices. The more con­tem­po­rary bio­hack­ing move­ment is  DIY biol­ogy  which empha­sizes the use of open source genetic infor­ma­tion and tools to make genetic engi­neer­ing and exper­i­men­ta­tion access­able to the pub­lic. Is this the future of intel­li­gence or does it rep­re­sent a dan­ger­ous num­ber of cooks in the kitchen? Read on and decide for your­self.

What’s The Future Of Bio­hack­ing? — The Awl

http://www.theawl.com Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:00:24 GMT

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We stand at a strange moment in human his­tory, when lawyers and cor­po­ra­tions wage war amongst each other over one ques­tion: who owns your body? Off to the side, biohackers—the freaks, geeks, rebels, and punks who do biotech­nol­ogy exper­i­ments in garages and basements—must decide whether to abide by the outcomes.

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Bio­hack­ers, biop­unks, grinders, and DIY biol­o­gists have the tan­gled ety­mo­log­i­cal web that many small but pas­sion­ate groups of ide­o­logues develope.

Biop­unk: Solv­ing Biotech’s Biggest Prob­lems in Kitchens and Garages

Check out cus­tomer reviews Author:Marcus WohlsenFormat:Kindle eBookBinding:Kindle EditionManufacturer:Current

Bill Gates recently told Wired that if he were a teenager today, he would be hack­ing biol­ogy. “If you want to change the world in some big way,” he says, “that’s where you should start-biological mol­e­cules.” The most dis­rup­tive force on the planet re …

One sub­set of bio­hack­ers call them­selves grinders. They are a group of peo­ple turn­ing them­selves, slowly but surely, into cyborgs. It was born out of biohack.me, a forum for peo­ple want­ing live longer, stronger lives through DIY body mod­i­fi­ca­tions. For many, the first taste of grind­ing is insert­ing a mag­net into the tip of their fin­ger, which allows them to feel elec­tro­mag­netic waves around them—

Located in Pitts­burgh, Grind­house Wet­wares is a group of pro­gram­mers, engi­neers, and sci­en­tists ded­i­cated enhanc­ing human per­for­mance through the use of open source tech­nol­ogy and col­lec­tive intel­li­gence. It has become a nat­ural con­ver­gence of DIY bio­hacker enthu­si­asts. One such grinder, Tim Can­non, was recently noted to have implanted a device called Cir­ca­dia that can read bio­med­ical markers/data and have that data trans­mit­ted by blue­tooth. These tech­nolo­gies have become pop­u­lar for bio­hack­ers who per­form  “quan­ti­fied self” experiments.

An increas­ingly com­mon and accepted tech­nol­ogy for the “quan­ti­fied self” enthu­si­asts is the Fit­Bit used to mon­i­tor exer­cise, diet and sleep pat­terns. Check it out here.


Bio­hack­ing/Grinder Update: Tim Can­non Implants Cir­ca­dia 1.0

http://hplusmagazine.com Mon, 21 Oct 2013 17:50:05 GMT

Cir­ca­dia 1.0 aka HELEDD is a gen­er­a­tion one DIY implantable device sup­port­ing quan­ti­fied self exper­i­ments from Grind­house WetWares.

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An area of grow­ing inter­est in these com­mu­ni­ties is the use of tech­nol­ogy to mea­sure brain waves and use brain waves to con­trol com­puter soft­ware for a spe­cific func­tion such as communication.

Dr. Sean Mont­gomery is a neu­ro­sci­en­tist who describes the use of brain wave biosens­ing as a por­tal to mon­i­tor emo­tions and mon­i­tor patient health.


Seven Visions of Bio­hack­ing, Biosens­ing, and Bio­mimicry | MAKE

http://makezine.com Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:00:44 GMT

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In addi­tion to using sig­nals from the brain to con­trol EEG-enabled devices, bio­hack­ing has extended its’ reach to “ new tech­nol­ogy that turns any house plant into a touch con­troller, using human bod­ies to trans­mit sound, cre­at­ing touch screens on water, 3D-printed inter­ac­tive eyes, and vir­tual objects that you can feel with your hands”. See the full arti­cle at makezine.com link above.

Gen­space is a DIY­bio lab in Brook­lyn that is ded­i­cated to bring­ing biotech­nol­ogy to the cit­i­zens. Ellen Jor­gensen gave a TED talk describ­ing the work of these DiY groups. (See video below)

Ellen Jor­gensen: Bio­hack­ing – you can do it, too | Video on TED.com

http://www.ted.com Tue, 15 Jan 2013 16:01:15 GMT

Ellen Jor­gensen is at the lead­ing edge of the do-it-yourself biotech­nol­ogy move­ment, which brings sci­en­tific explo­ration and under­stand­ing to the masses.

We have per­sonal com­put­ing, why not per­sonal biotech? That’s the ques­tion biol­o­gist Ellen Jor­gensen and her col­leagues asked them­selves before open­ing Gen­space, a non­profit DIY­bio lab in Brook­lyn devoted to cit­i­zen sci­ence, where 

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Some bio­hack­ers are more inter­ested in the manip­u­la­tion and use of micro­bi­ol­ogy. DIY­Bio, located in San Fan­cisco, is one such com­mu­nity founded in part by Mac Cow­ell. Glow in the dark micbrobes pic­tured below.


Still other bio­hack­ers are con­cerned with opti­miz­ing human func­tion by max­i­miz­ing nutri­tion. Ben Green­field and Dave Asprey’s Bul­let­proof Exec­u­tive are lead­ing the way in diet based improve­ment move­ments. For exam­ple, David Asprey advo­cates the use of fast­ing along with drink­ing  his “Bul­let­proof” cof­fee with but­ter and MCT oil mixed in to iin­cre­asse metab­o­lism and induce a state of keto­sis to burn more fat.

Bio-Hacking Your Metab­o­lism with Inter­mit­tent Fast­ing | Exerscribe

http://exerscribe.com Tue, 24 Dec 2013 03:58:45 GMT

I’ve always been skep­ti­cal of diets that promise “quick” results with lit­tle effort. Fast­ing 


If you’re part of the bio­hack­ing com­mu­nity or sim­ply want to dis­cover what it’s all about , you won’t want to miss the pre­sen­ta­tions and exhibits at World Maker Faire. The Maker Faire is the self pro­claimed “Great­est show (and tell) on earth”. Check out the upcom­ing Maker Faire in San Mateo, Cal­i­for­nia May 18-19th 2014.





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