by Harry Pettit, Daily Mail
A former Nasa researcher says he wants to ‘help humans genetically modify themselves’ to create a new breed of superhumans.
Dr Josiah Zayner, 36, made headlines last month when he became the first person known to have edited his own DNA.
The biochemist attempted to give himself super strength by removing a protein that inhibits muscle growth in his left arm, via an injection of DIY gene therapy.
In a new interview, Dr Zayner claims we are ‘slaves to the genomes we have’, and believes humanity will develop into a new breed of super-strong human thanks to widespread DIY genetic engineering.
Speaking the Guardian, Dr Zayner said: ‘I imagine people going to some place like a tattoo parlour, and instead of getting a tattoo they pick out some DNA that makes them muscly, or changes the color of their hair or eyes.
‘DNA defines what a species is, and I imagine it wouldn’t be too long into the future when the human species almost becomes a new species because of these modifications.’
Despite warnings from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the sale of gene therapy products without regulatory approval is illegal, Dr Zayner sells basic genetic engineering kits online.
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