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posted by Fnord666 on Wednesday February 07 2018, @10:28AM   Printer-friendly
from the how-do-you-test-its-effectiveness? dept.

"Biohackers" are growing bolder with their self-experimentation:

Aaron Traywick, 28, who leads biotech firm Ascendance Biomedical, used an experimental herpes treatment that did not go through the typical route of clinical trials to test its safety. Instead of being developed by research scientists in laboratories, it was created by a biohacker named Andreas Stuermer, who "holds a masters degree and is a bioentrepreneur and science lover," according to a conference bio. This is typical of the Ascendance approach. The company believes that FDA regulations for developing treatments are too slow and that having biohackers do the research and experiment on themselves can speed up the process to everyone's benefit. In the past, the company's plans have included trying to reverse menopause, a method that is now actually in clinical trials.

"We prefer to do everything before a live audience so you can hold us accountable in the days to come as we collect the data to prove whether or not this works," Traywick said before last night's spectacle. And, he added, "if we succeed with herpes in even the most minor ways, we can move forward immediately with cancer."

Despite specifying that he wanted "technical questions," someone in the audience asked whether Ascendance had received ethical permission for the experiment. Traywick said he didn't. Technically, everything has been officially labeled "not for human consumption," he said.

Also at The Scientist.

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  • (Score: 2) by Mykl on Thursday February 08 2018, @01:53AM

    by Mykl (1112) on Thursday February 08 2018, @01:53AM (#634622)

    I can think of several examples where experimenting on yourself can have disastrous consequences, ethically, for others:

    - Dr Jeckyll
    - Dr Octopus
    - Dr Polaris
    - The Fly

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