What happens when you democratize science and give anyone the ability to edit DNA?
“Are people dying and suffering needlessly because of all these committees and all these rules?” asks Josiah Zayner, a scientist, biohacker, and founder of the biotech company The Odin, which supplies low-cost CRISPR kits for the consumer market. “And what if people just say, ‘F— you, I’m going to do it anyway’? And what if people start getting cured?”
CRISPR is a gene editing system that allows scientists to modify the DNA of organisms ranging from bacteria to plants and fungus to human beings. The Odin sells kits for the the modification of bacteria and yeast.