bio·​hack·​ing | \ ˈbī-ō-ˌha-kiŋ How to pronounce biohacking (audio) \

Definition of biohacking

: biological experimentation (as by gene editing or the use of drugs or implants) done to improve the qualities or capabilities of living organisms especially by individuals and groups working outside a traditional medical or scientific research environment Every November, college kids from Michigan to Munich descend on MIT, eager to show off their biohacking skills. In the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition, teams battle one another to build the coolest synthetically altered organisms.— Alexandra Witze often : such experimentation done on one's own body … the debate has intensified over whether biohacking—body modification and augmentation with the aim of gaining enhanced abilities—should be subject to strict regulation. Other biohacking stunts have included DIY biologists injecting themselves with CRISPR and with experimental HIV treatments. — Xavier Symons Biohacking is still a niche field, but the possibilities are growing. The most successful innovations so far are small magnets that can be implanted in your fingertips, allowing you to feel electric fields. Also popular are … chips … which can be implanted under the skin and used as remote keys, wallets and data storage devices. — Frank Swain

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biohacker \ ˈbī-​ō-​ˌha-​kər How to pronounce biohacking (audio) \ noun, plural biohackers
[Dave] Asprey, 42, is a self-described biohacker—somebody who uses science and technology to make his or her body function better and more efficiently. There are about 100,000 biohackers worldwide, Asprey estimates, and among them, he's a celebrity. — Gordy Megroz

First Known Use of biohacking

1992, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for biohacking

bio- + hacking, gerund of hack entry 1

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“Biohacking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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