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Biohackers help ‘patient’ inject himself with experimental HIV treatment—live on Facebook

| | October 31, 2017
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Tristan Roberts holds the DNA he is about to inject himself with. (mage: Ford Fischer)
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[Tristan] Roberts is about to inject himself with an experimental gene therapy for HIV, a DIY prototype treatment designed by three biohacker friends. The treatment had never been tested in humans.

He would inject himself with an gene called N6 intended to spur his body to produce an antibody that would fight HIV, which research from the National Institutes of Health last fall had identified as extremely good at neutralizing the vast majority of HIV strains in the lab, thus theoretically stopping it from infecting human cells and destroying the body’s immune system. The antibody was found to be produced naturally by a patient who was HIV positive, but developed an immunity to it. A vaccine using a different antibody to fight HIV is currently in Phase II clinical trials. But while researchers were hopeful N6 might lead to a highly effective HIV vaccine, there has been no human clinical trials of such a vaccine to date.

In the US, the Food and Drug Administration does not typically choose to intervene when individuals carry out experiments on themselves, though it does usually strongly discourage such self-experimentation.

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