The CEO of a biotech company who just last week injected himself with an experimental herpes treatment, reportedly locked himself in a Los Angeles laboratory Saturday for several hours.
Aaron Traywick, who now seems to be the former leader of a loose coalition of biohackers (a sort of grassroots, do-it-yourself biology study movement), was supposed to showcase his work to documentary teams, according to Gizmodo. Instead, after the film crews discerned that Traywick was most likely a melodramatic quack and others on his team became upset by realizing their headman was probably a sham, Traywick struggled and reacted desperately.
Specifically, he physically wrestled for the keys with a fellow biohacker and then locked and barricaded himself inside the lab. He also changed the security credentials to the organization’s website so no one else could control or alter it, reports Gizmodo.
WATCH Traywick inject himself with his DIY herpes vaccine:
Much of the consortium, known as Ascendance, have defected, arguing that Traywick is a danger to society. One admitted that he felt foolish for supporting Traywick and his endeavors, but most are still supportive of biohacking in general, and worry that Traywick’s flamboyant charlatanism will discredit the larger field.
“The science is real,” said Tristan Roberts, a computer programmer for the group, according to Gizmodo. “Our CEO doesn’t have a firm grasp of the scientific realities.”
Roberts, along with others, said that Traywick would rush imperative scientific processes by trying to cut corners, and even once floated the idea that he could or would cure the “c-word.”
Some of the team members still plan on continuing the development and testing of treatments for sexually transmitted diseases like herpes and HIV.
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