Prominent genetic “biohacker” Josiah Zayner is under investigation by California state officials for practicing medicine without a license.
Zayner has a background in biophysics and runs a company called The Odin, which sells do-it-yourself genetic engineering kits and other lab equipment intended for use outside of scientific laboratories. The kits and tools are intended to allow lay users to genetically modify bacteria, yeast, animals, and even humans.
The human that Zayner’s products are best known for trying to modify is Zayner himself. In fact, the brazen CEO has a long history of self-experimentation. In 2016, he attempted a stomach-churning DIY fecal transplant in an airport hotel, then moved on to trying to genetically engineer his skin.
On the social media site [Instagram], Zayner responded, saying that the investigation stemmed from his “genetic self-experimentation” for the purpose of “showing people how to access publicly available knowledge.” He continued:
The truth is that I have never given anyone anything to inject or use, never sold any material meant to treat a disease, and never claim to provide treatments or cures because I knew this day would come.
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