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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Josiah Zayner took a swig from his beer and squinted into the spotlight. He was already kind of drunk. He also hadn't bothered to write a speech. Tattooed and heavily pierced with a shock of blue-gray hair, he shuffled around uneasily on stage. But 150-odd people had flown in from around the country to hear him speak -- the mad pirate-king of biotech.

"It all is coming from my heart," he said, choking up a little. "Everything you're going to hear today is me to the core."

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Zayner's audience sat in the fashionably decaying ballroom of an old garbage collectors' social club in Oakland. They had come from universities, startups and do-it-yourself garage biolabs, united if not by a love of citizen science then by a curiosity as to what it is exactly that Zayner is up to. A computer nerd turned NASA scientist turned establishment-science cynic, Zayner is something like the self-appointed leader of a small but burgeoning biohacking movement. He presides over a loose coterie of professional and self-taught scientists who believe that ground-breaking science does not require either a fancy lab or degree.

Zayner was about to talk about his attempts to genetically modify his own body, an endeavor likely to raise at least a couple eyebrows, including the federal government's.

But first, he was going to talk about his soul and the sanctity of science. The audience listened with rapt attention.

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"Then earlier this year, he infused his skin cells with green fluorescent protein from a jellyfish in an attempt to make his skin glow. The experiment failed to successfully turn him into a living nightlight, but a skin biopsy revealed that at least briefly the protein was replicating within his body, making him in all likelihood the first human-jellyfish hybrid."

That is so Awesome. I am so there. Now I have to try this....

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-30 08:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

i'm all-in.

#2 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-11-30 09:44 PM | Reply

I think one of me in this world is enough.

#3 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-11-30 09:52 PM | Reply

The first picture tells me all I need to know about that pretentious ass.

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-01 01:55 AM | Reply

"I'm just like ---- the system," he said. "Science is a classist thing. DIYbio can break that down."

In his best valley girl voice, I'm sure.

Is it cool that science is becoming more DIY or interesting to lay people? Yes.

But it's not anything like CSI and this guy is a giant tool bag.

#5 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-01 02:02 AM | Reply

Even the use of the word "hacker/hacking" or "biohacker" suggests this is just marketing BS. Biohacking? Pfffttt. Retarded. Ass. ----.

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-01 02:06 AM | Reply

Oh, and the writing in that article was atrocious. Hiring a science writer for f---'s sake.

#7 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-01 02:11 AM | Reply

JPW, you need to biohack a sense of humor. Here, watch the video: www.drudge.com

#8 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-12-01 02:15 AM | Reply

I have a great sense of humor, it things need to be actually funny.

Like that movie trailer.

#9 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-01 02:40 AM | Reply

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