Bio-hacking is easier than you think

Want to make antidepressant yogurt? Using a combination of DIY materials all easily accessible online, like the bacteria found in ordinary yogurt and genetic code from the bio parts registry, Tuur van Balen shows how easy it is to produce genetically modified yogurt.

Posted by on February 13th, 2012

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  4. Jan Howe, retired RN, San Ramon California says:

    after reading extensively on Mr. Van Balen’s theory & watching his 7 min. video presentation, I am intrigued. It would be great to continue to follow up on any scientific review and application of this process to check if it is sustainable, reproducable, or needed. Prozac is a big molecule. The conditions of production aren’t easy for individuals unfamiliar w/ the sterility needed to keep room contamination out of a yest culture. And yeast are fungi capable of producing w/ other yeast sexually, ie. exchanging other DNA that could intensify, attenuate., or change the DNA he embeds in his yeast culture.
    Prozac is a drug not necessarily useful or safe for everyone fighting depression, ie. that’s why in America we need an RX from an MD to buy it. A less advanced “drug” might have been better to try, but a lot less eye-catching for the public.

    • Shirlene says:

      So happy to read that your starting to feel a liltte more adjusted to the med. I also take an anti-anxiety med, and it did leave me with a sleepy feeling in the beginning, but my body has adjusted, and now there are no side-effects. So hang in there. Life is beautiful, especially if you don’t have that feeling of tightness in your chest.Take care and good luck!

  5. Pamela Lund says:

    @Jan Howe Thanks for your perspective as an RN. The easiness of bio-hacking and do-it-yourself science gaining traction raises important questions. We are perhaps at the point where getting in the habit of asking “should we?” becomes much more important than asking ourselves “can we?”

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  8. Neoneoneocotex says:

    Gee, maybe one of these DIY geniuses will make a virulent pathogenic organism by accident.

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