May 20, 2018

ALL COMEDY IS CONSERVATIVE:

Death of a Biohacker: Aaron Traywick envisioned a future in which self-taught scientists would cure diseases and bend the human body to their will. (Jonah Engel Bromwich, May 19, 2018, NY Times)

People who knew Aaron Traywick, the biohacker who died last month at a spa in Washington, D.C., were initially suspicious about the circumstances of his death.

David Ishee, a researcher for Mr. Traywick's company, Ascendance Biomedical, said his first thought upon hearing that Mr. Traywick's body had been discovered in a sensory deprivation tank was that he had faked it and run off with his clients' money.

Tristan Roberts, another biohacker who worked with Ascendance, thought the same thing. Maybe the body was just "a very convincing clone," he joked.

Kelly Martin, who helped found Ascendance Biomedical, had a different theory, one that hinted at a conspiracy. "There's speculation, if you watch Aaron's last video, that he was going to provide disruptive technology that would upend Big Pharma," she said. "He said that we were close to coming up with something that was pretty revolutionary."

The police do not suspect foul play and the cause of the death is unknown. Edwina Rogers, Mr. Traywick's adoptive cousin, said a police detective told her that he found the drug ketamine in his pants pocket. She thought it likely that he had taken the drug, lost consciousness in the tank and drowned. [...]

Biohackers in general aim to augment their bodies in the hopes of gaining enhanced abilities. Those who work with the kinds of compounds that Mr. Traywick did often experiment on themselves so as not to break any of the laws that regulate health care.

Posted by at May 20, 2018 7:57 AM

  

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