Biohacking, also known as DIY biology, is the practice of using biology and biotechnology to modify or manipulate living systems. Biohacking can be used for a wide range of purposes, including the following:
- Developing new medical treatments: Biohacking can be used to develop new therapies and treatments for a wide range of medical conditions. For example, some biohackers are working on developing gene therapies that can be used to treat genetic disorders or cancer.
- Creating new forms of sustainable energy: Biohackers are also interested in using biological systems to create new forms of sustainable energy. For example, some biohackers are working on developing algae-based biofuels or using bacteria to convert waste into energy.
- proving human health and performance: Some biohackers are interested in using biology to improve human health and performance. For example, some biohackers are experimenting with using genetic engineering to enhance physical abilities or to improve the immune system.
- Exploring the limits of biology: Biohacking can also be used to explore the limits of what is possible with biology. For example, some biohackers are working on developing new methods for genetically modifying organisms or on creating entirely new forms of life.
- Supporting environmental conservation: Biohacking can also be used to support environmental conservation efforts. For example, some biohackers are working on developing new methods for cleaning up pollution or for restoring damaged ecosystems.
Overall, the potential uses for biohacking are vast and varied, and the field is constantly evolving. As new technologies and techniques are developed, the possibilities for biohacking will continue to expand.
Biohacking, also known as human augmentation or human improvement, is a self-made biology whose goal is to improve performance, health and well-being through strategic interventions. Some common biohacking techniques, such as meditation and intermittent fasting, have existed since ancient times. A subgroup of biohackers called Molinders goes so far as to implant devices such as computer chips in their bodies. Implants allow them to do everything from opening doors without a key fob to controlling their glucose levels subcutaneously.
Biohackers seek to improve their lives by optimizing their bodies. They do this in the areas of lifestyle, nutrition, supplementation and even philosophy. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for example, has broad powers to regulate the public health impacts of genetic biohacking, with a jurisdiction that goes beyond what many biohackers believe. As biohacking begins to appear more frequently in the headlines and, recently, in a fascinating Netflix series called Unnatural Selection, it's worth clarifying some of the basics.
But even if there were clear rules governing all biohacking activities, there would be no simple way to stop people from pursuing them behind closed doors. Although to date there are no documented cases in this regard, biohackers have reported (and have expressed concern about it) people who ask them for help to treat their health problems or those of their relatives. As with other issues related to public health, this also means that the future of biohacking regulation lies not only in stricter police surveillance, but also in better education for its participants and in a realistic understanding that violations are inevitable. It could be said that what differentiates biohacking is not that it is a different kind of activity, but that the activities are carried out with a particular mentality.
Given the continuing confusion of some biohackers about the FDA's authority over their work, the agency could begin by clarifying the limits of its jurisdiction, in simple terms and with sufficient detail to cover the various biohacking activities, and at the same time seek the opinion of biohacking communities on how best to exercise their authority in this area. Regulatory landscape because the United States is a popular site for genetic biohacking and is home to the first community laboratories. One word that Asprey likes to use a lot is “control”, and that kind of language is typical of many biohackers, who often talk about “optimizing” and improving their minds and bodies. Biohackers use several compounds to attack one or more of these processes in order to optimize their cognitive function.
Some biohackers believe that by taking advantage of technology, they will be able to live longer but stay younger. Since many biohackers who work at home are also members of community laboratories (1), their security policies have the potential to contribute greatly to promoting safety in genetic biohacking. Biohacking is about optimizing the human body to achieve more than what conventional society believes it can achieve. Popular biohacking concepts, such as calorie restriction, have long been used to prevent age-related health problems.
Biohackers generally don't get an ethical review of their work, unlike traditional biological research.