Here at Discovery News, we like to unwind on the weekends by pulling out the old living room centrifuge and doing a little recreational genetic engineering. It's like Sudoku, but with petri dishes. Very relaxing.
So we were exited to read about this new initiative from NASA researcher Josiah Zayner, in which novice biohackers can create their own genetic editing experiments from the comfort of their own homes.
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Zayner's project uses the gene editing tool known as CRISPR, which facilitates making specific changes to the DNA of humans, plants and animals. It's a relatively simple technique, as far as genetic lab work goes, and Zayner figures he can encourage crowdsourced science projects by selling kits directly to amateur citizen-scientists.
"I've spent the last several months developing protocols and kits so people can perform safe experiments with modern technologies like CRISPR in their home," Zayner says in his Indiegogo demo video.