What are the ethics of using gene-editing kits like CRISPR?

"Today, he’s still a big part of the biohacker community, which is small but growing. He’s even viewed as a leader by some. But the outside world probably knows him best as the guy who tried to edit his genome in 2017.

Onstage at a conference, Josiah used the gene-editing tool CRISPR to modify his DNA. He whipped out a syringe, injected it straight into his arm, and livestreamed the whole thing on Facebook. Theoretically, the gene therapy was supposed to make his muscles bigger. He got a lot of flack for it, from biohackers, academics, and the public.

The stunt also got him attention from lawmakers. The medical board of California investigated him for practicing medicine without a license. State legislators went one step further. Josiah runs a company called The Odin that sells DIY CRISPR kits. The kits are popular among science enthusiasts because they let you do things like modify bacterial DNA at home.

This summer, a California senator passed a bill that will require labels on DIY CRISPR kits that say they shouldn’t be used for self-administration. And a press release about the law linked to a story about Josiah."

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