Peter Thiel is really fascinating. It was a true “stranger than fiction” moment when we all realized that he was the one funding Hulk Hogan‘s lawsuit against Gawker a few months back, remember? His choice to meddle in legal affairs was the endgame of a very long revenge plot for some jabs at him made by the blog that almost everyone else had long forgotten. Still, Thiel is fearless in his pursuit of vengeance, just as he is fearless in his pursuit of acceptance for his sexuality and — oh, yeah! — eternal life.
According to Inc., the co-founder of PayPal has “channeled millions of dollars into startups working on anti-aging medicine, spends considerable time and money researching therapies for his personal use, and believes society ought to open its mind to life-extension methods that sound weird or unsavory.”
Recently, Thiel’s Personal Health Director, Jason Camm, reportedly reached out to the head of a parabiosis study. What is parabiosis, you ask? Oh, it’s just the injection of the blood of the young into the bodies of the old. So, yes, that qualifies as one of the “life-extension methods that sound weird or unsavory.”
Thiel has been open about his interest in this sort of blood work in the past and maintained as recently as last year that he hadn’t started doing any of it himself yet, but that he was “looking into” it. Camm following up on the study — which participants had to pay $8000 to be involved in — could have been about his interest in partnering with parabiosis providers for business or for Thiel’s interest in having it done to him.
Or for both!
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