Playing with Viruses
This post may end up being a big deal. Or, it might not.
This month I have learned how to grow my own bacteriophage for dirt cheap. I have also been dedicating as much time as possible to playing with genetic circuits and simulations, and attending several talks on CRISPR.
Myself and my close friends will be starting our first trials of homemade viral therapy on ourselves within the next six months. I plan on documenting everything so that we can make tutorials and share them with the community.
Now, the REALLY cool part: Gene therapy is stuck in the mud a bit right now. It has been hard to reach significant rates of infection in somatic cells. If you take a pill or inject virions into your muscles for example, you are going to experience mosaicism, or a difference in genotype among your cells, as relatively few cells will be effected.
My team and I may have discovered a way to make gene therapy 100% effective across the board. This is the specific reason I hope to edit my genome within the next three months. If we can make a viral therapy 100% effective and distribute it openly, no government in the world can stop us, and we could see a world where our own microbiomes become our in-house security systems, by editing our bacteria as well as our own somatic cells to wage war like never before on harmful pathogens and cancers.
Will be posting updates as things progress. End goals are to have easy tutorials that even a ten-year-old could follow, and at least three significant edits done to myself by the end of the year, as the series progresses.. We can talk about whether arming children with biotechnology is a good idea somewhere else though, haha.