For Haloween: Biopunk

October 28, 2012 at 2:26 pm Leave a comment

Heard of Biopunk? Biopunk (a portmanteau synthesizing “biotechnology” and “punk”) is a technoprogressive movement advocating open access to genetic information. Biopunk hobbyists or biohackers experiment with DNA and other aspects of genetics.

A biohacker is a biopunk hobbyist who experiments with DNA and other aspects of genetics. A biohacker (or “wetware hacker”) is similar to a computer hacker who creates and modifies software or computer hardware as a hobby, but should not be confused with a bioterrorist, whose sole intent is the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants (in the same way a computer hacker should not be confused with the more popular, yet erroneous, use of the term, describing someone who spreads computer viruses or breaks into computers systems for malicious purposes). The related science fiction genre focuses on biotechnology and subversives.

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