Please read in its entirety this fascinating blog from Nicola Twilley, NBJ's go-to expert on the coldspace. Among others, you'll encounter Mr. Peyton Rowlands:
Peyton Rowlands, a 19-year-old member of citizen biohacking collective Science for the Masses, inserted a neodymium magnet under the skin of the middle finger of his left hand in an attempt to mimic the ability of birds, sharks, and bacteria to detect magnetic fields.
Leaving aside the macabre detail of Rowland inserting said magnet into his own finger without anaesthetic, what a novel way to approach the notion of transgeneticism! Rowland's body ultimately rejected the magnet, but not before he got a little supersensory, feeling the nuanced buzz of DC and AC current. Apparently, he's not alone in this pursuit of transhumanism. And apprently, this was just the beginning.
Rowland’s latest project, however, does not rely on training, prosthetic additions, or physical modification. Instead, it could be described as dietary bio-hacking. By cutting retinal (part of the Vitamin A complex) out of his diet, he is hoping to force his body to develop near-infrared vision.
Which begs the question: Is plain old vitamin A the next GMO? The power of food to transform health -- and apparently, human capacity -- seems to know few bounds these days. This is a far cry from SNP spit kits at 23andMe, the promise of personalized medicine to fight chronic lifestyle disease, and a few clicks removed from the mainstream drive toward citizen science, but it sure fits comfortably within those three worlds.
Onward and upward, biohacktivists.
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