Biohackers

In the early days of microbiology experiments, when researchers needed test subjects they frequently went to those closest nearby which included their family or themselves.

Now, we have animals to use for experimentation or humans, if the right permission is granted and protocols obtained. 

That said, some modern biohackers, or people who take a do it yourself (DIY) mentality to science experiments, are going old school and using their own bodies as the first test subject. Recently, Aaron Traywick, CEO of Ascendance Biomedical, did just that. He injected himself on stage at the conference BodyHacking Con with a homemade herpes treatment. 

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Biohackers walk a blurry line between science and pseudoscience.

But, today, they fall square on the science side due to their recent decision to disinvite David Avocado Wolfe from the Biohacker Summit - the largest biohacking event in Europe. The meeting, held in Helsinki, Finland in mid-October, will have 1,000 attendees - all of whom will (thankfully) not be hearing what Wolfe has to say. This includes, among other things, that mushrooms have intelligence and consciousness, that chocolate is an octave of male sun energy and that the Earth is flat. 

In case you don't know, biohacking is the practice of people taking biology into their own hands. It's a cross between DIY Bio and citizen science. Whatever form it takes, it's driven by people taking an interest in science...