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Scientist edits his own DNA

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Published Nov 21, 2017, 1:15 am IST
Updated Nov 21, 2017, 1:16 am IST
It is not illegal to edit one’s own DNA.
Josiah Zayner used CRISPR tool in a bid to make himself a superhuman.
 Josiah Zayner used CRISPR tool in a bid to make himself a superhuman.

Biochemist Josiah Zayner became the first known person to have edited his own DNA with the CRISPR tool in a bid to make himself a superhuman, with boosted strength and senses. Zaynar, who is an ex-Nasa worker, removed myostanin, which inhibits muscle growth, with the gene cutting technology saying that this is the first time in history that men are ‘no longer slaves to our genetics.’

The technology for such an endeavour is highly regulated in both US and UK but, it is not illegal to edit one’s own DNA. Zayner, whose firm sells DIY gene-editing kits, live-streamed himself injecting the modified copy of his DNA. While he initially expects to see extra muscle growth in that arm, another US “biohacker” plans to insert a genetic mutation that lets humans see on the ultraviolet spectrum. 

 

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