Genetic engineering is a result of science advancement, so I don't think that in itself is bad. If used wisely, genetics can be beneficial, but they can be abused, too. - Hideo Kojima
I am a Bio-Hacker interested in the concept of Quantified Self who is currently doing a long term, in depth, scientific study using myself and my own genetics as the primary genetic data corpus. In plain English, I'm studying my own DNA and genetics and then using the data I find in an attempt to live my life in the most optimal way possible based entirely on the data and where it takes me. My hope is by using my own DNA as the foundation of knowledge, I can then have greater control over my own body as part of an optimized and custom designed lifestyle.
I'm currently in the second phase of this project right now. The company I hired has fully sequenced all 23 chromosome pairs of my human DNA and I have collected the results and started crunching the numbers and syncing with Medical Professionals as needed to correctly evaluate the data. All humans have these 23 pairs, but we are all different. I started this project with the knowledge that this research would be slow and limited by the technology of the time, but thanks to great advancements in technology I have the same effective access to getting my DNA sequenced as Ozzy Osbourne and other Musical Rock Stars do. This is important because according to the hard scientific data, Ozzzy is in fact a genetic mutant and his DNA led to some very important life knowledge about himself that allowed him to work more effectively in his chosen roles. I'm looking for knowledge of the same thing's and what has led me to believe this project was one of - if not The - most important tasks I have chosen to focus on for myself.
Since I'm a rock star in my field I consider it only normal that I would do a few of the things that real rock stars do.
I just got my own results and am still processing and reading the reports, but you can still read more about Ozzy's genome in the Scientific American here: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ozzy-osbourne-genome/
Some other links I think are interesting in:
Things to research more:
* Nootropics * Adaptogens * -> Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea), root * -> Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), root * -> Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra, G. uralensis), root * -> Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum, O. gratissimum), herb * Racetams
Genetics / Gene Databases:
Up till now all pf this has been about reading whats there in terms of DNA and optimizing lifestyle for what I have. But what if I want to edit my own DNA?
Then I would need to start looking at my DNA as my own source code: