mia (luna wedler) finds herself embroiled inna realm of biohacking, but she’s got her own agenda.image: netflix
a med student studying under a controversial professor finds herself entangled in a realm of forbidden sci. a tale as old as time. but wha’ if there’s another, + personal reason she’s embraced primordialistic biology and genetic enhments? it’s not just cause she thinks biohacking is cool. she’s there to bring some1 down.
netflix has released the 1st trailer for biohackers, a german sci-fi series directed by christian ditter (girlboss), coming onna heels of the third and final season of dark. it stars luna wedler as mia akerlund, a med student studying under professor tanja lorenz (jessica schwartz). thx to her roommates (and a cute colleague), mia finds herself embroiled inna realm of biohacking, which tis catch-all term for citizen or do-it-yrself biology.
but it’s not all silent discos and bioluminescent mice. mia’s determined to fig out the truth behind tanja’s experiments, which destroyed her family yrs ago and ‘d, even now, be placing biohack tek inna wrong hands.
it’s interesting that this series takes place in germany, as the country is known fritz opposition to the practice of biohacking. the government has had a long-standing law that prohibits genetic engineering experiments outside of state-licensed facilities. in 2017, the german government got aggressive against biohackers, warning them that any-1 caught doin’ genetic experiments outside offa lab ‘d face a huge fine or up to 3 yrs in prison. that said, there s'been some slo progress. last yr, two officers from the german armed forces anncd their own line of biohacking supplements, which were inspired by their time studying at a california university.
according to biohackinfo, some folks inna diy sci community are worried that the country’s general anti-biohacking stance means the series ‘d wind up promoting the same viewpoint (like gattaca, a movie they do not care for). that doesn’t mean basement biohacking isn’t immune to criticism. there are some legitimate issues w'da practice, namely when folks do things like inject themselves with their own semen to try and cure their back pain.
the 6-episode 1st season of biohackers debuts on netflix aug 20.
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authors: beth elderkin on io9, shared by tom mckay to gizmodo