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Biochemist And Ex-NASA Worker Became The First Person To Edit His Own Genes

Josiah Zayner is selling DIY gene-editing kits.

Cosmetic surgery is becoming a popular method these days if people want to change something they don’t like or enhance a feature that they currently have. But for biochemist/biohacker Josiah Zayner, all it takes is CRISPR, a DNA-editing technique, which he showed to the world to be so easy to do.

Zayner, who used to work at NASA, happened to explain the process live on his blog, “Science, Art, Beauty. According to him, he already modified his genes twice. Using the gene-cutting technology, Zayner removed myostatin, a protein that inhibits the growth of muscles. By removing the protein, Zayner, in theory, would have bigger muscles.

The ex-NASA employee is also the founder of a genetic engineering firm called The Odin.

Zayner sells biotechnology tools to fellow biohackers.

On Oct. 4, Zayner revealed he had injected himself with CRISPR.

Source: synbiobeta

When asked what his goal for editing his own DNA was, he has this as his answer:

“Well, it’s not necessarily that I want bigger muscles. The thing is, that this is the first time in history that we are no longer slaves to our genetics. We no longer have to live with the genetics we had when we were born. Technologies like CRISPR and other genetic modification technologies allow adult humans to modify the cells in their body.”

CRISPR may appear to be a promising tool but it is considered relatively new.

Scientists are still trying to figure out how to use it safely and effectively in a clinical setting. It remains to be seen what will happen to Zayner’s forearm, the site in which he injected CRISPR. It is expected that he should have muscle growth in that area.

Meanwhile, Zayner’s DIY biohacking method has raised safety concerns, with Robin Lovell-Badge, a London-based CRISPR researcher, warning him of adverse effects. But for Zayner, the idea of getting himself involved in a health risk doesn’t even bother him.

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12 Weird Things That Can Only Exist in North Korea

From “Magic Medicine” to “Unicorns,” you will be surprised with what North Korea has to offer.

Lately, we heard a lot of stories and news about North Korea. You know, the country led by none other Kim Jong-Un. And while most of these discussions revolve around negativity, the communist country still has a couple of interesting facts to offer.

In fact, today, we here at Elite Readers decided to compile 12 facts about North Korea. We will leave the judging to you after you read the article. Check them out!

#12. Separate Calendar

Source: Wikipedia

In mid-90s, North Korea accepted the so-called new chronology. And based on this, the people there are currently in the year 106. It all started with Kim Il-sung's birthday in 1912. During that time, all printed calendars came with two versions: the date for North Korea and the dates for the rest of the world. ...

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10 Ways Companies Lie About Their Products

They will do everything they can in their power just to make sales.

Companies manufacture products and provide services to the public. While they give so much importance in manufacturing, their primary goal is to sell. But selling, in particular, is no easy task. They have to find ways for people, who originally intended not to buy, to purchase their items.

Apparently, companies have their own shenanigans when it comes to product selling. And you will be surprised with the kinds of tricks they use on a regular basis. In fact, if you really pay close attention, you will easily notice these. But do not worry. We already did the digging – and here's what we found out.

#1. Free Snacks

Of course, whenever we hear 'free snacks', we cannot help but indulge. Truth is, when you eat these free items, you are likely to purchase a drink or something. For instance, they are offering free bread. It is either you buy a drink afterwards to quench the thirst or order and eat more because you got hungry. ...

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Australia’s Rare Tree-Kangaroos Are Among The Cutest Animals on Earth

Sad that they are under constant threat of facing extinction though.

When we think of Australia, it seems kangaroos are one of those that instantly pop up in our minds. Members of the marsupials, these creatures have become the living icon of the country but over the years, you have probably not heard of the tree-kangaroo.

In a sense, tree-kangaroos are very much similar to regular kangaroos. The only difference is that they are fluffier and, more importantly, resemble small tree-dwelling bears. Hence the name. Although most of them call the Land Down Under a home, some of them exist in New Guinea.

Tree-kangaroos are also known for being elusive. This is why little to none is known about them and their behavior. While it is true that their exact population remains to be seen, they are said to face the constant threat of being hunted. This is not to mention the ongoing habitat destruction.

Researchers believe that if these threats continue, these creatures will soon become extinct. Interestingly, the first tree-kangaroo born in captivity in more than three decades was welcomed to the world. It was held at the Perth Zoo, representing a hope for these creatures to survive. ...

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