Adventures in Home Biohacking with CRISPR: New at Reason
Learn how to make your own super bacteria with Ron Bailey’s DIY guide to biohacking. A sampling:
Using the handy tools sent in the kit, I was set to re-engineer some nonpathogenic E. coli in my kitchen. That might sound terrifying; surely journalists shouldn’t be trusted to build superbugs. Relax. The lab-created strain provided in the kit was developed to be easy to engineer and does not live in the wild. While CRISPR holds incredible potential for in-lab and at-home genetic modification and experimentation, my efforts were strictly school science fair stuff—my modified bacteria posed no civilizational risk, and the process of creating them was fun, fascinating, and empowering.
Published at Wed, 27 Jun 2018 12:36:37 +0000