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?
Scientists discover animal that doesn’t need oxygen to live 
The parasite infects salmon and lives within the fish muscle, though scientists aren’t quite sure how it breaks down nutrients for survival.
For the first time, scientists can switch cancer-fighting cells on and off
While it can be effective, CAR-T cancer therapy can also cause dangerous side effects. But a new on/off switch could change that.
Axolotls can regenerate their brains 
Axolotls are a model organism researchers use to study a variety of topics in biology because of their regenerative abilities.
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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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Should we grow babies in artificial wombs? 5:55
Giving birth is dangerous. Are artificial wombs a solution?
Shoe wearable could help Parkinson’s patients avoid falling 
Data-collecting sensors in shoes can predict a Parkinson’s patient’s fall risk almost as accurately as standard walking tests.
This 20-year chart of depression diagnoses shows an incredible shift 
People are being diagnosed with depression earlier than in the past because of a decrease in stigma and better diagnostic guidelines.
At long last, we might have an HIV vaccine 
Due to HIV-1’s extraordinary diversity, a vaccine needs to induce antibodies that can target many different strains.
Robotic surgery is a game changer for minimally invasive surgery
More and more surgeons are using robotic surgical systems. Here’s why.
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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.

Series | Biohackers

I got a chip implanted in a biohacking garage

Biohacking and the Arts
Series | Biohackers
The cyborg artist who hears color 6:13
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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