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recorded conversation 26 May, 19:00

Citizen Bio: biohack the future on your kitchen

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in Ukrainian with sign language interpretation
in Ukrainian with sign language interpretation
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In her film Citizen Bio, the political documentary filmmaker Trish Dolman dives into the underground world of radical medicine. Her protagonists are biohackers who provide a window into the fringe world of unofficial experiments to extend human life and detail their experiences with controversial entrepreneur Aaron Traywick before his mysterious death.

What drives bio-punks in their dangerous experiments after all?

Improving human capabilities, modifying your appearance, extending life — all these goals sound like they are from the comic book world. However, for instance, back at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, biohackers across the world set out to develop and test vaccines that could save lives – and, unlike big pharma companies, they did it with little resources practically in their own kitchens. So why even in attempts to meet such urgent challenges, radical medicine still remains on the fringes? Can we trust biohackers’ developments? What is the limit to their readiness to experiment? Where is the fundamental boundary between official and underground medicine? And finally, how can biohacking change our future?

Participants

Oleksandr Koliada

Oleksandr Koliada

geneticist, gerontologist, researcher of ageing

co-founder and Director of Science at the DIAGEN Genetic Lab, Vice President of the Ukrainian League of Personalized Medicine, founder of the Longevity School; works as the editor of the Journal of Genomic Medicine and Pharmacogenomics and the Journal of Gerontology Research

Daria Dantseva

Daria Dantseva

biohacker

the founder of the first DIY bio lab in Ukraine Yanelab, a biohacker who tested the first DIY DNA coronavirus vaccine in the world on herself in the summer of 2020.

Maksym Butkevych (moderator)

Maksym Butkevych (moderator)

a civil rights activist, journalist, and coordinator of the No Borders project

Maksym Butkevych used to work for several Ukrainian TV channel as international news correspondent, for BBC World Service (Ukrainian Section) and for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Currently, as a coordinator for No Borders Project non-governmental initiative, he deals with issues of right to asylum and refugee assistance in Ukraine; xenophobia, hate speech and other forms of discrimination in Ukrainian society. He also consults Alliance for Public Health (Ukraine).

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