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BIOHACKING Biohackers Encoded Malware in a Strand of DNA Andy Greenberg | WIRED “Regardless of any practical reason for the research, however, the notion of building a computer attack—known as an ‘exploit’—with nothing but the information stored in a strand of DNA represented an epic hacker challenge for the University of Washington team.” MEDICINE Doctors […]
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Biohackers Build Their Own Labs

Local Interest / Africa : Timbuktu Chronicles

In Wired: From Backyard Brains the Spikerbox for neuron monitoring Ask people inside the biohacker movement where they think it will have the biggest impact and they talk about education—being able to do genetics in classrooms. They...

Watch: Official US Trailer for Biohacking Thriller 'Origin' from Sweden

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Researchers Have Converted DNA Into A Programmable, Sticky Glue

Business & Finance : Fast Company

Biohacking enthusiasts, this is your lucky day. Researchers at Harvard University have found a way to convert DNA into a programmable, sticky glue that can be used to reconnect damaged organs or even build functional human tissues f...

Researchers hack computer using malware encoded in synthetic DNA

Technology / Gadgets : Gizmag

In what they're calling the first evidence of a DNA-based exploit of a computer system, a team of scientists have successfully shown that a computer can be hacked through malicious code incorporated into synthetic DNA. While the exp...

You can hijack a gene sequencer by hiding malware in a DNA sample

Humor / odd : Boing Boing

Today at the Usenix Security conference, a group of University of Washington researchers will present a paper showing how they wrote a piece of malware that attacks common gene-sequencing devices and encoded it into a strand of DNA:...

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