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?
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Eye implant made from pig skin reverses blindness in 14 people
Using collagen from pig skin, Swedish researchers created an artificial cornea that reversed blindness in 14 people.
A new drug could repair stroke damage to memory and movement 
A new drug can repair stroke damage in mice, improving memory and motor skills. If it works in humans, it could lead to a paradigm shift in stroke treatment.
Yale study finds low levels of a hormone may predict long COVID 
Yale and Icahn School of Medicine researchers may have found biomarkers for identifying long COVID.
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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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How Daybreaker turned “sober morning raves” into a worldwide movement
What started as a side project among friends quickly grew into a multimillion-dollar business.
How child mortality fell from 40% to 3.7% in 200 years 
The collapse in child mortality rates is a testament to the tremendous benefits of scientific, technological, and economic progress.
Large study of 20,000 cats and dogs could help pets live longer 
Mars Petcare has announced the opening of a massive biobank to study aging and pet diseases.
Y chromosome loss can lead to an increased risk of heart failure and disease
Chromosomes change over time, whether through the process of aging or exposure to harmful substances in the environment.
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Series | Heretics
Should extreme biohacking be a human right? 6:28
“I want to genetically modify humans. I want to create a coronavirus vaccine in my kitchen. Because I can. Because it’s beautiful and cool. But like, you can’t say that shit.”
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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