A few weeks ago, the prominent biohacker Josiah Zayner took to Instagram to break some news: He had received a letter from the California Department of Consumer Affairs saying that officials were investigating him.
…California officials asked him to come in for an in-person interview.
[Zayner:]…They had their files and opened up their manila envelopes to look through stacks of paper and all their questions and research on me. It was surreal. It kind of felt like I was in an ’80s criminal drama or something like that.
[Zayner:] I’ve had many opportunities to provide reasonable medical treatment to people — and I haven’t. … My goal is to help people and educate people — not to wind up in jail. And I want to do it in a way that provides people with the proper standard of care and proper protections that they need, even if it is somewhat biohackery or underground.
[Zayner:] I think the thing that all these regulators and people don’t understand … is you can’t stop this stuff. … Taking me down isn’t going to do anything — especially when I’m the one who’s trying to promote doing things correctly and doing things safely.
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