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18th Oct '17 5:49:49 AM ChronoLegion
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* In an episode of ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'', science officer Paul Stamets uses a tardigrade-like creature as a navigation tool for the experimental spore drive, which allows instantaneous jumps across dozens of light years. However, each jump takes a physical toll on the creature, and it eventually goes into self-induced hibernation. Burnham, Stamets, and Tilly figure out that the "tardigrade" is able to absorb the DNA of other living beings, thus explaining its symbiotic relationship with the spores. Burnham also realizes that humans still have a genetic link to the spores, since both are terrestrial species. For the final jump, Stamets injects himself with the creature's DNA and enters the reaction cube in order to use himself to plot the jump coordinates. It works, although Stamets is unconscious for several minutes. He personally finds the experience incredible. [[spoiler:The last scene of the episode is a WhamShot of Stamets turning away from his bathroom mirror to go to bed, while his reflection ''doesn't move'' for several seconds, before copying the action]].
17th Jul '17 12:13:30 PM nighttrainfm
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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'', a MadScientist breaks Livewire out of prison only to plug her into his machine and drain her ShockAndAwe powers into his two {{Mook}}s (a security guard and a former female prisoner). The two new Livewires turn out to be highly effective copies of the original. When the [[BadassNormal Guardian]] and [[Characters/SupermanSupportingCast Mon-El]] manage to defeat them at the scientist's warehouse, he references this trope before subduing them with a more powerful version of Livewire's lightning coming from his hands. Luckily, Supergirl arrives and, together with the original Livewire, defeats the scientist.

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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'', ''Series/Supergirl2015'', a MadScientist breaks Livewire out of prison only to plug her into his machine and drain her ShockAndAwe powers into his two {{Mook}}s (a security guard and a former female prisoner). The two new Livewires turn out to be highly effective copies of the original. When the [[BadassNormal Guardian]] and [[Characters/SupermanSupportingCast Mon-El]] manage to defeat them at the scientist's warehouse, he references this trope before subduing them with a more powerful version of Livewire's lightning coming from his hands. Luckily, Supergirl arrives and, together with the original Livewire, defeats the scientist.
15th Jul '17 8:35:14 PM Theriocephalus
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* The Progenitors from ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'' have a whole transhumanist philosophy centered around this trope.

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The Progenitors from ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'' have a whole transhumanist philosophy centered around this trope.trope. They specialize in creating biological Wonders, as well as prosthetics and implants of various types. Originally, they experimented and tested their creations on human subjects of varying levels of willingness, but following the discovery of this by the rest of Genius society (and an ensuing internal purge of their old guard) they’ve taken to testing their creations and upgrades on their own selves instead.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has (predictably enough) [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Fabius Bile]], who not only experiments on others, but is said to have used his own body as his most extensive testing ground.
* One of the cards in the ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' set "Innistrad" is [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=226749 Delver of Secrets]] who is apparently one of these according to the flavor text.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' has (predictably enough) [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Fabius Bile]], a mad scientist sworn to Chaos who not only experiments on others, but is said to have used his own body as his most extensive testing ground.
* One of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': In the Innistrad and Shadows over Innistrad blovks, there’s a cycle of two-faced cards in the ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' set "Innistrad" is [[http://gatherer.([[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=226749 Delver of Secrets]] who is apparently one Secrets and Insectile Aberration]], [[http://magiccards.info/soi/en/49a.html Aberrant Researcher]] and [[http://magiccards.info/soi/en/49b.html Perfected Form]], and finally [[http://magiccards.info/emn/en/56a.html Docent of these according Perfection]] and [[http://magiccards.info/emn/en/56b.html Final Iteration]]) that follows a MadScientist as he runs tests on himself after running out of other subjects and turns himself into an insectoid monster, eventually putting himself through increasingly complex processes to "perfect" his form and turn into more and more horrible forms, eventually returning to share his discoveries with the flavor text.other humans once he’s satisfied with his transformations.
4th Jul '17 5:09:27 AM Grudgeal
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** Orion is a less benign example; he used the reactor merging technology that created him on himself first because he's a {{narcissist}} and didn't want to share the procedure with anyone else. Having the procedure [[GoneHorriblyWrong go horribly wrong]], absorb his entire research group and the building they were in was a stroke of luck for him, really.

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** Orion is a less benign example; he used the reactor merging technology that created him on himself first because he's a {{narcissist}} and [[ItsAllAboutMe he didn't want to share the procedure with risk anyone else.else becoming superpowered by it before he could]]. Having the procedure [[GoneHorriblyWrong go horribly wrong]], absorb his entire research group and the building they were in was a stroke of luck for him, really.
4th Jul '17 5:06:58 AM Grudgeal
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** Orion is a less benign example; he used the reactor merging technology that created him on himself first because he's a {{narcissist}} and didn't want to share the procedure with anyone else. Having the procedure [[GoneHorriblyWrong go horribly wrong]], absorb his entire research group and the building they were in was a stroke of luck for him, really.
31st May '17 1:29:32 PM Ajoura
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* In 1982, Australian physicians [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Warren Robin Warren]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Marshall Barry Marshall]] were certain that gastric ulcers (which are extremely painful and can easily be fatal if untreated) were caused by ''Helicobacter pylori'', a massive shift from the prevailing opinion that stress, spicy food, and excess stomach acid caused ulcers. To finally prove the hypothesis, Marshall consumed ''H. pylori'' from a Petri dish and developed a gastric ulcer five days later. Marshall and Warren, who developed a non-invasive breath test for the presence of ''H. pylori'', received the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

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* In 1982, Australian physicians [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Warren Robin Warren]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Marshall Barry Marshall]] were certain that gastric ulcers (which are extremely painful and can easily be fatal if untreated) were caused by microorganism ''Helicobacter pylori'', a massive shift from the prevailing opinion that stress, spicy food, and excess stomach acid caused ulcers. To finally prove the hypothesis, Marshall consumed took a sample of ''H. pylori'' from a Petri dish his patient, cultivated it on nutrient broth and drank the whole beaker. Five days later, he developed a gastric ulcer five days later.case of gastritis. Marshall and Warren, who developed a non-invasive breath test for the presence of ''H. pylori'', received the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
13th May '17 9:58:15 AM Abodos
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* Purah from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' developed a FountainOfYouth rune with Ancient Sheikah technology so that the elderly warriors of Hyrule could once again be robust enough to fight Ganon's forces. She tested it on herself and [[GoneHorriblyRight quickly went from elderly to physically six years old]]. Naturally, she didn't bring it into mass use after that.

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* Purah from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' developed a FountainOfYouth rune with Ancient Sheikah technology so that the elderly warriors of Hyrule could once again be robust enough to fight Ganon's forces. She tested it on herself and [[GoneHorriblyRight quickly went from elderly to physically six years old]]. old]]. Naturally, she didn't bring it into mass use after that.
13th May '17 9:58:11 AM Abodos
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* Purah from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' developed a FountainOfYouth rune with Ancient Sheikah technology so that the elderly warriors of Hyrule could once again be robust enough to fight Ganon's forces. She tested it on herself and [[GoneHorriblyRight quickly went from elderly to physically six years old]]. Naturally, she didn't bring it into mass use after that.
6th May '17 4:15:34 AM WillBGood
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** Averted in ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' (2008 film) where Bruce is trying to find a cure and tests it on a blood sample instead of drinking it himself.

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** Averted in ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' (2008 film) where Bruce is trying to find a cure and tests it on a blood sample instead of drinking taking it himself.



* In the first nationally broadcast season of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', as well as the one that came before it, Dr. Laurence "Larry" Erhardt was an involuntary version: Dr. Forrester would test experiments on him (often against his will.) The more interesting ones included cold fusion being created within Erhardt's mouth and making him sweat through his tongue. TV's Frank would later take on this role, but not technically being a scientist he's just a plain GuineaPig.

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* In the first nationally broadcast season of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', as well as the one that came before it, Dr. Laurence "Larry" Erhardt was an involuntary version: Dr. Forrester would test experiments on him (often against his will.) The more interesting ones included cold fusion being created within Erhardt's mouth and making him sweat through his tongue. TV's Frank would later take on this role, but not technically being a scientist he's just a plain GuineaPig.Guinea Pig.
6th May '17 4:02:27 AM WillBGood
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Believe it or not, [[TruthInTelevision this was actually standard procedure]] in many fields of science. Even as late as the 1950's, chemists would create a new compound and ingest it to see what it did. It was not the healthiest of occupations; quite a few scientists did end up killing themselves via experimentation. The Nuremberg Code of 1946, which codified the ethical requirements for human experimentation, forbids any experiments that is highly likely to or will certainly cause death or serious harm to the subjects. However, the ban is '''explicitly waived''' if the researcher is experimenting on himself. It's still sort-of common; see the real-life examples down below.

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Believe it or not, [[TruthInTelevision this was actually standard procedure]] in many fields of science. Even as late as the 1950's, chemists would create a new compound and ingest it to see what it did. It was not the healthiest of occupations; quite a few scientists did end up killing themselves via experimentation. The Nuremberg Code of 1946, which codified the ethical requirements for human experimentation, forbids any experiments that is highly likely to or will certainly cause death or serious harm to the subjects. However, the ban is '''explicitly waived''' if the researcher is experimenting on himself. It's It still sort-of common; happens; see the real-life examples down below.
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