Who invented biohacking?

Biohacking is a relatively new concept, and it is difficult to say who invented it. The term "biohacking" can refer to a variety of practices, including the use of technology to enhance human performance, the use of biological materials in DIY science experiments, and the application of hacking techniques to biological systems. Some people credit the DIY biology movement with popularizing the concept of biohacking, while others point to the rise of the quantified self movement as the catalyst for the growth of biohacking. Ultimately, it is likely that biohacking as we know it today is the result of the convergence of many different ideas and technologies.


Brian Hanley is an American microbiologist who became known for being one of the first biohackers to design his own DNA through gene therapy for humans. Philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “If you build a better mousetrap, the world will make its way to your door. That's exactly what Dave Asprey, a self-made master of biohacking and founder and CEO of Bulletproof 360, Inc. You've probably already heard of Dave Asprey, or at least the company he founded (home of The Proof Diet and The Proof Coffee).

In addition to having these curiosities in his resume, he is also the founder of the biohacking movement. As he defines it, biohacking is the art and science of changing the environment that surrounds you and within you so that you have total control over your own biology. This week, Asprey released a new book called Fast This Way, and in today's episode he tells me how it got to this point. He tells me about what life was like when he weighed 300 pounds, was a computer hacker and had to deal with a series of health problems, including arthritis, that led him to learn and invent biohacking.

Explain how he began to spend money on being better than he had ever been and what that was really like.

Chelsea Waldren
Chelsea Waldren

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