‘Bio­hack­er’ Tray­wick dead at 28 — known for self-in­ject­ing a DIY her­pes drug

Con­tro­ver­sial bio­hack­er Aaron Tray­wick was found dead on Sun­day in a spa room in Wash­ing­ton, DC, ac­cord­ing to mul­ti­ple me­dia re­ports cit­ing the DC po­lice. He was 28.

Tray­wick, the CEO of As­cen­dance Bio­med­ical, was known for his view that in­di­vid­u­als should be able to self-de­sign and self-ad­min­is­ter un­ap­proved treat­ments — like gene ther­a­py — with­out the re­quire­ment of a health­care pro­fes­sion­al. He gained wide pub­lic­i­ty in Feb­ru­ary when he in­ject­ed him­self with a DIY treat­ment that he hoped would cure his her­pes on­stage at a bio­hack­er con­fer­ence in Texas. The whole process was broad­cast live on Face­book.

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