DIY Gene Editing at Home? ‘Farma’ Kits Can Produce Home-Brewed Pharmaceuticals

December 10, 2015: Read article in Genetic Literacy Project. MIT Media Lab graduate Will Patrick has designed a prototype desktop bioreactor that could enable the production of pharmaceutical drugs at home, such as antidepressants, insulin, and other drugs needed on a regular basis by patients. His research begs the question: Should the masses be trusted with the ability to create pharmaceuticals in the privacy of their own homes? Once that technology is available, will access to homemade pharmaceutical kits become considered a basic necessity, like pain relievers and cold...

Get Ready for the World’s First Cyborg Olympics

December 18, 2015: Read article in IEEE Spectrum. The first ever bioenhanced Olympics, known as the Cybathlon, will take place in Zurich in October 2016. Athletes will use advanced technologies to compensate for disabilities like paralysis and limb amputation, raising issues of identity, competition, and the future of sports as technologies of this kind become increasingly...

Humans: The Next Platform

March 18, 2015: Read article in TechCrunch. Biohacking and transhumanist advances (including nootropics, extended longevity, cybernetic implants, better behavioral and genetic self-understanding) will materially advance our quality of life and productivity in the coming decade, but we need to be thoughtful about the potential social and ethical pitfalls as we...

Scientists Hope to Lengthen Dog Years

October 22, 2o15: Read article in MIT Technology Review. Researchers have tested a longevity-enhancing drug in several smaller species and are now testing it on dogs. If the test is successful, the anti-aging drug will be tested on humans...

Gene Therapy On Brink of Golden Age: Here’s Why

November 3, 2015: Read article in Genetic Literacy Project. Gene therapy is advancing in multiple realms of medicine, including blood conditions, cystic fibrosis, and problems with the eyes and brain, showing the potential for rapid growth and discovery in the next...

Can Gene Therapy Forestall Aging?

October 19, 2015: Read article in Genetic Literacy Project. Elizabeth Parrish, CEO of BioVia, claims she has created and undergone gene therapy to prevent aging, which she considers a treatable disease. The scientific community is now asking whether her gene therapy protocol actually works and whether it should. Is aging something that should be prevented like disease, or is it a natural part of the human life cycle which should be allowed to...