Hacking Biology

We now have the tools to control evolution. How will DIY biology improve our brains and our bodies, and what impacts will this have on society?
Engineering surgical robots
Your next surgery could be robotic, and that’s a good thing5:03
Robots are taking surgery to the next level. Here’s how.
Gene editing could reverse anxiety and alcohol-use disorder 
Gene editing may be a treatment for anxiety and alcoholism in adults who were exposed to binge-drinking in their adolescence.
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Could a former NASA scientist’s “sunlight glasses” protect your vision
A former NASA scientist has co-developed a pair of glasses designed to prevent myopia by glowing in a precise wavelength of visible light.
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AI is shaping our society and will continue to do so in ways we can’t yet imagine. How do we leverage this technology to better humanity and not harm it?

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New $5-device allows healthy sperm cells to isolate themselves
About 10% of men are infertile, and often their sperm is to blame. This device could help separate the healthy cells from the others.
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Breakthrough artificial fingertip mimics our sense of touch 
A new artificial fingertip replicates humans’ sense of touch by mimicking the microscopic anatomy of our fingertips.
Series | Superhuman
Spinal implants: Helping the paralyzed walk again5:19
Walking after complete spinal cord injury used to be a far-fetched dream. But, with advances in spinal cord implants for paralysis, even paraplegics have been able to regain mobility and walk again.
Computer-designed miniproteins unleash a whole new kind of drugs 
Using a computer program, researchers have created miniproteins that they hope can lead to new drugs.
How Robert Langer, a pioneer in delivering mRNA into the body, failed repeatedly but kept going
Langer published the first paper to show that it was possible to deliver nucleic acids like RNA and DNA to the body via tiny particles.
Biohacking In Action
Series | Biohackers

I got a chip implanted in a biohacking garage

Underground “biohackers” are enhancing their bodies with tech implants. Freethink Director Chase Pipkin decided to try it out.

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Series | Biohackers

I got a chip implanted in a biohacking garage

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Biohacking and the Arts
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Series | Biohackers
The cyborg artist who hears color6:13
Neil Harbisson was born colorblind. Now he has an antenna implant in his skill to hear color and create beautiful works of art.
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