Biohacking Healthcare – Part 1 – Forbes

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Dan Munro

« Here’s a fairly new term for the healthcare lexicon – biohacking. Wikipedia files their entry under the single category of human biology. The entry itself is very brief and, at least according to Wikipedia, there are two meanings:

the art of managing one’s own biology using a combination of medical, nutritional, electronic, and Quantified Self techniques
The second is derived from the biopunk (open access to genetic information) movement in which people create synthetic biology using DIYbio. In this context, biohacking refers to mixing and matching genes and characteristics from different species.
This isn’t for the faint of heart. The use of blood samples and other lab tools and materials is not only possible – but likely. For some, already tattooed and pierced, the ick-factor is no deterrent and biohacking could simply be the next logical step in that ever evolving fascination. The point is, there’s no single discipline here and it’s very much a whole new – and fragmented – frontier…. »

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