Jo Zayner: Biohacking for all

In this episode of My Friend Pod, Paige and Ruby sit down with biochemist and genetic designer, Dr. Jo Zayner about being the first jellyfish human hybrid, talking shit about traditional science culture, our right to modify our bodies, being transgender, challenging stigma, and ethics around CRISPR.

Jo Zayner is a trailblazing biohacker, genetic designer, and scientist whose groundbreaking work has made genetic engineering accessible to everyone. With a Ph.D. in biophysics, Jo’s passion for synthetic biology led her to work at NASA, where she spearheaded the development of engineered microbes for Mars terraforming. However, she eventually left to start The ODIN, a bioengineering company that aims to democratize genetic engineering.

Jo’s remarkable work in human genetic engineering and medicine has been the subject of several documentaries, including the Netflix documentary Unnatural Selection and the New York Times documentary Gut Hack.

Jo is transgender and uses they/she pronouns. Her advocacy for diversity, body autonomy, and science for all, coupled with her own self-experimentation, has made her a respected and controversial figure in the biohacking community.

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