Ex-NASA Scientist Who Biohacked Himself With CRISPR Under Scrutiny
Josiah Zayner – a Celebrity Biohacker & an Ex- NASA Scientist gained internet fame last year for performing biohacking experiments on himself, which included a live stream video attempt of editing his own genes using CRISPR. Seems, these stunts are back to haunt Zayner.
California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) in response to a complaint received has sent a legal notice to Zayner for “unlicensed practice of medicine”.
Zayner, popularly known as Scientist Who Biohacked Himself is a Ph.D. degree holder in biochemistry and biophysics. He has been in limelight for performing medical experiments outside of Laboratories. In past he has performed public experiments including a fecal transplant, injecting his arm with CRISPR, attempts to genetically engineer the color of his skin and transplantation of his microbiome. He also is the owner of a company called Odin which sells test biology tests including DIY CRIPSR Kits. Though neither of the biohackers involved with this has been able to produce any notable results related to genetic treatments & advancements.
As per the notice received by Zayner, California’s medical board has asked for his presence for a discussion on 11th June wherein he can bring along his attorney. California medical board laws strictly rule against the practice of medicine without a license. SIf Zayner is found guilty he could be heavily fined or put behind bars for years.
Zayner in response to the notice wrote on social media, that he has neither asked anyone nor given anyone to inject or use ever and have also not sold anything promising to treat any disease. He added that he knew that this day would come wherein he will be questioned.
Whatever the decision may be, this incident will definitely alert all biohackers around the globe.
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