Have you ever wanted to hack your DNA, editing away disease or improve your strength and athletic performance? Well, I have always been quite curious about it and so I got together with my friend Boonsri Srinivasan, and visited biohacker Josiah Zayner’s home lab. Armed with our 360 camera we made a short film, “Hacking Your DNA”, which gives you a unique and immersive experience into a do-it-yourself lab. You too can look around and explore the workings of a DIY lab, just like us.
Making headlines in the New York Times, Wired, New Scientist and other major news outlets, Zayner is known for pushing the boundaries of DIY self experimentation. Most recently he performed a CRISPR experiment on himself – injecting into his muscle, DNA containing the Cas9 protein and guideRNA(gRNA) targeted to his Myostatin gene (a gene involved in muscle inhibition). By doing this Zayner not only sought larger muscles but became the first person in the world to genetically modify his own DNA.
Zayner is not just some science enthusiast, he is a trained scientist and worked at NASA before starting his own company, The ODIN. He believed more science can be done if it is accessible to the public and that is why he is selling genetic engineering kits, so science can be done anywhere, not just in a scientific laboratory.