Controversial gene therapy tests and algorithms under trial

Controversial gene therapy tests and algorithms under trial

Controversial gene therapy tests and algorithms under trial

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Last year, biotech startup Minicircle began recruiting participants for a gene therapy clinical trial. But several details made it unusual. On the one hand, it asked potential guinea pigs to buy an NFT to participate, before being paid in cryptocurrency. Another is that it would take place in what is essentially an experimental crypto town – Próspera, Honduras.


It’s in this unusual context that Minicircle is trying to direct the biohacking charge to the mainstream, studying gene therapies that target familiar conditions like muscle disorders, HIV, low testosterone and obesity.

But medical ethics experts are less enthusiastic and worried about the progress of the trials and what they could mean for the booming and sometimes unscrupulous medical tourism industry. Read the full story.

Laurie Clarke

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