So, my son says to me, you know who’d be against this,
The hard core right wing conservative. As I have described myself, I suppose I’d be considered a hard core, right wing, libertarian. If we can re-code the genome fucking GO FOR IT!
I’ll try to find a few clips to whet your appetite to read the whole thing, And I really hope you share this to the viral level.
My theory is this on that: If it works, go for it.
Today, what survives on Earth can be determined entirely by human beings. We can alter the genetics of almost any life form and potentially design entirely new ones. According to renowned physicist Freeman Dyson, “In the future, a new generation of artists will be writing genomes as fluently as Blake and Byron wrote verses.”
Here’s the deal. If we can make humans that will be able to live on Mars, if we can rewrite the code to eliminate cancer, Alzheimers, Spina Bifida, all the things that could go with a simple click of the genome, why the hell not?
Firstly, there are several horrendous—yet simple—genetic diseases we can get rid of. Cystic fibrosis is caused by a single letter change among 3.2 billion letters, something we can eradicate with these advancements. Sickle cell anemia, hemophilia and cancer genes are other examples.
For but the first example. But wait, there’s more!
First of all, there is a whole series of ways in which you can modify gene expression within the DNA code itself. We can alter the expression of that code. We can modify how the environment interacts with the code. We can modify the metabolism or the microorganisms that execute on that code. We already have instruments at many different levels to modify the expression of that DNA, even if it is written exactly the same way.
There is quite a bit more to this discussion in the link. This is some heavy theoretic science, yeah. But I love shit like this, straight up.
It may be too late for me to take advantage of this, too late for my kids. My immediate bloodline. How about my grandkids? On and on for generations to come?