Posted on May 2, 2018 by staff

Controversial biohacker found dead in a spa


The body of Ascendance Biomedical CEO Aaron Traywick was discovered in a spa room in Washington DC on Sunday, according to local police.

Although the autopsy results are yet to be announced, a police spokeswoman has said no evidence has been found to suggest foul play.

The 28-year-old biohacker became infamous after apparently injecting himself with his company’s unregulated herpes drug onstage at BodyHacking Con in Texas this February.

Traywick referred to the drug as a ‘research compound’ rather than a ‘treatment’ to avoid attention from the US Food and Drug Administration.

He claimed the compound could cure HIV, Aids and herpes, but apparently had no independent proof to back this up.

Ascendance Biomedical encourages the use of experimental medical treatments as a way of people getting around regulations to speed up the drug development process.

At BodyHacking Con Traywick told the BBC he had plans to take his work to Venezuela. They then questioned the ethics of using an unregulated drug on sick people.

“The best we can do is we can say to these people, ‘We know you don’t have access to this medication’,” said Traywick.

“They don’t have any other options. All we know is that if it works they don’t die.”

Other biohackers had previously expressed concerns around Traywick’s work.

“The idea that any scientist, biohacker or not, has created a cure for a disease with no testing and no data is more ridiculous than believing jet fuel melts steel beams,” wrote Josiah Zayner, a scientist who sells do-it-yourself gene-engineering kits.

Biohacking is the term used when people attempt to  modify their biology using methods ranging from lifestyle and diet to surgery and unlicensed therapies.