Access member only content, take part in discussions with comments on blogs, news and reviews and receive all the latest security industry news directly to your inbox. Join now for free.
Processing registration... Please wait.
This process can take up to a minute to complete.
A confirmation email has been sent to your email address - SUPPLIED EMAIL HERE. Please click on the link in the email to verify your email address. You need to verify your email before you can start posting.
If you do not receive your confirmation email within the next few minutes, it may be because the email has been captured by a junk mail filter. Please ensure you add the domain @scmagazine.com.au to your white-listed senders.
In September last year, scientists used a virus to transport a gene found in jellyfish into the DNA of cats, and produced the world's first glowing kittens.
The aim was to advance the fight against diseases like HIV and AIDS by creating cats that were immune to the feline AIDS virus.
Such work has traditionally been the work of salted scientists working within established institutions. But in recent times, more and more backyard hobbyists have been splicing and dicing the fabric of life as part of the burgeoning biohacking movement.
It's something Doctor Andrew Woodward, senior lecturer in security at Edith Cowan University recommends as a hobby for those in the security industry.
He worked as a professional biologist for a number of years between a career in information security.
In a talk at Wellington's Kiwicon 6 event, Woodward spoke to the security faithful about barriers to entry, what you need to mess with genetics, and how not to blow up the world in the process.
Note the last few minutes of the talk were cut off due to recording issues.
Those interested in biohacking can find more information DIYBio.org
Copyright © SC Magazine, Australia
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below or register an account if you don't yet have one. Please read our guidelines on commenting. Offending posts will be removed and your access may be suspended. Abusive or obscene language will not be tolerated. The comments below do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of SC Magazine, Haymarket Media or its employees.