Biohacking-Genetic Engineering in the Garage
Until recent years, genetic engineering was reserved to researchers with Million Dollar budgets. Those days are over. Hanno Charisius, Richard Friebe, and Sascha Karberg provide the first glimpse into the world of amateur scientists who conduct paternity tests in the basements of their houses and search for weapons to fight cancer.
For one year, the authors have operated genetic experiments in their own offices and min-gled with biohackers. They were astonished what a layperson can achieve. For instance they got their hands on hazardous genes that, given a sufficient amount of criminal energy, could be breed dangerous bacteria. The author's account is a journey into the future of biotechnology. It is a discussion of the opportunities and dangers, and an appeal to the German economy to take the creativity of the biohacker seriously.
One of the core questions the authors posed was whether genetic engineering in home labs can be dangerous. The answer is an unmitigated "yes." Their experiments with po-tentially dangerous genes were harmless. With just a small amount of criminal energy they could have gained access to dangerous genes and could have bred hazardous bacteria in a home laboratory. The authors concluded, after having met many enthusiastic biohackers from all over the world, that the do-it-yourself biologist is not a greater threat to humanity than traditionally educated biologists in university laboratories.
-The book gives a first glimpse into the future of biotechnology.
- It is a suspenseful account of the journey into the world of the biohackers.
- The authors illuminate both the opportunities and dangers of this technological
- All three authors are award-winning science journalists.
- It is about a movement with the potential of radically altering medicine as we know it.