At MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a couple hundred academics, scientists and biohackers gathered recently for what organizers call the first global biohacker summit. Biohackers is a term for biologists who work outside of traditional labs.
Josiah Zayner, a former NASA scientist turned biohacker, stumbles into the event late, and a bit out of sorts. He’s treated like a bit of a rockstar, lauded by the biohackers in attendance.
But Josiah’s not having it. “People trying to appropriate the biohacker movement. It’s gross. I feel gross being here.” He wants the movement to remain in the hands of the people – away from the influence of the scientific establishment.