Do Not Try This at Home – Josiah Zayner hacks his stomach

A colourful personality and one of the most recognized faces in biohacking, Josiah Zayner is the focus of the most recent edition of the New York TimesOp-Docs series. “Gut Hack” chronicles one man’s quest to alleviate his lifelong abdominal pain, bloating, and constipation by killing the bacteria in his stomach and replacing it with microorganisms gleaned from an ‘ideal’ donor. Zayner’s ‘taking his stomach into his own hands’ is of course done without the blessing medical system and sees him risk the transference of parasites, pathogens and blood-borne illnesses through the transplant of his donor’s fecal matter into his body. The documentation is handled with the objectivity you’d expect from the Times, and it is worth watching if only to see a) Zayner’s garage-based biolab (the mythology of the garage as ground zero for innovation is alive and well) and b) to find out if the biohacker’s microbiome gambit pays off.

Josia Zayner

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