A controversial biotech engineer was found dead Sunday [April 29] in a sensory deprivation tank at a spa in downtown Washington.
…[T]he body of Aaron Traywick, 28, who ran a company called Ascendance Biomedical, was found by staff in an isolation pod at Soulex Float Spa…
The flotation company’s website says the pods are a “scientifically proven, time efficient method to unwind and bring regeneration to the daily grind.”
The spa did not respond to requests for comment….
Traywick was known as a bio-hacker, a genetic engineer or scientist who works outside the mainstream ethical and institutional guidelines established by private corporations, universities and the Food and Drug Administration. He once gained attention when he injected himself with what he called a genetically designed herpes treatment while on Facebook Live at a conference in Austin.
According to the company website, he was recruiting volunteers to participate in gene therapy studies for HIV and AIDS “elimination and immunization” and a way to preserve and augment bone density.
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