New biohacking factsheet from Friends of the Earth Australia

biohacking-factsheetAn increasing number of people – many with no formal biological training – are genetically engineering common microbes in community labs and kitchens, posing potentially serious risks to the environment and human health and raising serious ethical questions. These individuals regard the living world as suitable for hacking, like the entirely artificial digital world. They also believe that voluntary codes of conduct are sufficient to regulate their activities, despite the fact that digital subcultures create harmful viruses for entertainment! Regulators have so far failed to address the risks posed by these techniques or, as is the case in Australia, even decided if they will be regulated.

Download factsheet here!