• BIOHACKING

Biopunk

Cutting-edge future tech—both legal and underground—is under the microscope in Marcus Wohlsen's account of the nascent movement to hack DNA in the manner of rogue programmers tinkering with less slippery lines of code. Profiles of mostly young DIY biologists alternate with speculations on what they might accomplish, for good or ill.

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