We first wrote about Van Balen when he performed a filmed demonstration of how to make antidepressant yogurt using a bacteria culture of lactobacillus (available at your local health food store), an $600 electroporator, and DNA coding instructions from the Parts Registry. Van Balen didn’t actually create the antidepressant yogurt, however. He just went through the steps, which he developed with help from scientists.
“In the yogurt hacking performance, that was to demonstrate and show how accessible these things are,” he says.”But I wasn’t DNA hacking on stage. That would be mostly illegal in Europe, because you can’t take genetically modified organisms out of the lab.”