How an obsolete medical device with a security flaw became a must-have for some patients with type 1 diabetes. In 2014, a few hackers realized that the security flaw in certain Medtronic pumps could be exploited for a DIY revolution.

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Despite health insurance, terminally ill patients have to hunt around the world and on the internet for ways to stay alive

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Josiah Zayner took a swig from his beer and squinted into the spotlight. He was already kind of drunk. He also hadn’t bothered to write a speech. Tattooed and heavily pierced with a shock of blue-gray hair, he shuffled around uneasily on stage. But 150-odd people had flown in from around the country to hear him speak—the mad pirate-king of biotech

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People are starting to alter their own DNA with cheap, easy gene-editing technology. Is it time to regulate CRISPR?

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Mail-Order CRISPR Kits

November 2, 2017

Experts debate what amateur scientists could accomplish with the powerful DNA editing tool—and whether its ready availability is cause for concern

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For some, progress cannot come soon enough. Running short on time, dying cancer patients are concocting do-it-yourself versions of highly experimental cancer therapies, without the oversight of doctors or regulators

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Jennifer Booton: I tried biohacking: the use of tech implants to augment biology

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One aspect of the downfall of Theranos is the blood-testing company’s leveraging of the Do-It-Yourself ethos to promote its product. Theranos provides consumers with a menu of more than 200 low-cost diagnostic blood tests for an array of drugs, ailments, deficiencies and diseases. It’s legal to order blood tests without consulting a doctor in about two dozen states. But should you?

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