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(Nano Werk)   6'4" DNA researchers with full heads of hair, muscular builds, sculpted jawlines and piercing blue eyes say that they've discovered a way to edit any DNA sequence at will   (nanowerk.com) divider line 158
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2013-08-27 10:26:04 AM
www.treksf.com
Approves
 
2013-08-27 10:28:36 AM
Ethically speaking, editing DNA is perfectly fine

We are in a game against extinction.

Our ancestors wished they could program themselves and give them a leg-up against the rest of the world.

Now we are in a position to do that
 
2013-08-27 10:33:44 AM

cman: Ethically speaking, editing DNA is perfectly fine

We are in a game against extinction.

Our ancestors wished they could program themselves and give them a leg-up against the rest of the world.

Now we are in a position to do that


Well, an arm-up, anyway

theinfosphere.org
 
2013-08-27 10:36:58 AM

cman: Ethically speaking, editing DNA is perfectly fine

We are in a game against extinction.

Our ancestors wished they could program themselves and give them a leg-up against the rest of the world.

Now we are in a position to do that


But Jesus, cman.  He would frown because I don't know.
 
2013-08-27 10:39:01 AM
Um, can these DNA researchers be sent to my chambers?
 
2013-08-27 10:44:21 AM

Elandriel: cman: Ethically speaking, editing DNA is perfectly fine

We are in a game against extinction.

Our ancestors wished they could program themselves and give them a leg-up against the rest of the world.

Now we are in a position to do that

But Jesus, cman.  He would frown because I don't know.


I predict DNA editing and stem cell research will quickly become like abortion for the folks with religious objections - their case will be the exception, the one case where it's acceptable, because, well, that's different.  But they'll still oppose it for anyone else.
 
2013-08-27 10:56:29 AM
Are they from Brussels? Did anyone try the vegemite?
 
2013-08-27 11:05:48 AM
I don't think editing DNA is going to do much for your looks after you reach adulthood.
 
2013-08-27 11:07:38 AM
1 step closer to the zombie apocalypse if you ask me...
 
2013-08-27 11:07:51 AM
 DNA researchers say that they've discovered a way to edit any DNA sequence at will .

It will henceforth be known as NAD .
 
2013-08-27 11:08:07 AM
Is it too late to get my DNA tweaked? I could go for some of that muscular build and sculpted jaw stuff. I have money.
 
2013-08-27 11:10:08 AM
Exhibit A:

media.screened.com

1st attempt - Failure
2nd attempt - Success Aryan
 
2013-08-27 11:10:46 AM
Except for living longer. That's always bad because atoms have an age.
 
2013-08-27 11:10:54 AM
Subby forgot the Blonde Hair...
 
2013-08-27 11:11:40 AM

Arkanaut: I don't think editing DNA is going to do much for your looks after you reach adulthood.


I dunno. If we're able to inject a person with something that goes, like, "If you see this sequence, delete and replace with X", you could probably fix some diseases that are 'caused' by your body producing farked up proteins/not producing the right proteins.

Or basically wipe out a lot of cancers.

Obviously that's still a ways away, I suspect.
 
2013-08-27 11:12:39 AM
I think sex robots are a much more promising area of research.
 
2013-08-27 11:13:31 AM
And it'll be weaponized into cancer bombs in just 6 months. Yay, biological/chemical warfare!
 
2013-08-27 11:13:33 AM

Felgraf: Arkanaut: I don't think editing DNA is going to do much for your looks after you reach adulthood.

I dunno. If we're able to inject a person with something that goes, like, "If you see this sequence, delete and replace with X", you could probably fix some diseases that are 'caused' by your body producing farked up proteins/not producing the right proteins.

Or basically wipe out a lot of cancers.

Obviously that's still a ways away, I suspect.


Well, this would be good unless the Koch brothers have it used on them.  Maybe they will turn into giant sandworms like in the later Dune books..

/or explode, like in Scanners, which would be satisfying..
 
2013-08-27 11:13:42 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: Except for living longer. That's always bad because atoms have an age.


You do realize that every seven years you are pretty much an entirely different person, right?

Everything on a cellular level changes. You have the same memories, but that is about it
 
2013-08-27 11:15:17 AM
Is it Friday already?
 
2013-08-27 11:16:02 AM
You know who else...?
static.guim.co.uk
 
2013-08-27 11:16:47 AM
ORA-01578: ORACLE cell block corrupted (strand # 11, block # 4262)
ORA-01110: strand 11: '/db/oracle/PROD/db/madula_st/cell/sysaux01.dna'
 
2013-08-27 11:16:49 AM
cman:You have the same memories, but that is about it

I overcome this minor flaw with copious amounts of alcohol.
 
2013-08-27 11:18:25 AM
I've been storing this J. Holmes DNA in my freezer for a while now...
 
2013-08-27 11:19:04 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Elandriel: cman: Ethically speaking, editing DNA is perfectly fine

We are in a game against extinction.

Our ancestors wished they could program themselves and give them a leg-up against the rest of the world.

Now we are in a position to do that

But Jesus, cman.  He would frown because I don't know.

I predict DNA editing and stem cell research will quickly become like abortion for the folks with religious objections - their case will be the exception, the one case where it's acceptable, because, well, that's different.  But they'll still oppose it for anyone else.


I predict that people with an axe to grind will pop a hamstring to denigrate those not on their end of the political and/or religious spectrum, using a story without a religious or political slant.
 
2013-08-27 11:20:53 AM
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2013-08-27 11:22:59 AM

Carousel Beast: Benevolent Misanthrope: Elandriel: cman: Ethically speaking, editing DNA is perfectly fine

We are in a game against extinction.

Our ancestors wished they could program themselves and give them a leg-up against the rest of the world.

Now we are in a position to do that

But Jesus, cman.  He would frown because I don't know.

I predict DNA editing and stem cell research will quickly become like abortion for the folks with religious objections - their case will be the exception, the one case where it's acceptable, because, well, that's different.  But they'll still oppose it for anyone else.

I predict that people with an axe to grind will pop a hamstring to denigrate those not on their end of the political and/or religious spectrum, using a story without a religious or political slant.


Both of these predictions seem pretty likely to me.  One of them hasn't happened yet, though, so Benevolent Misanthropewins!
 
2013-08-27 11:25:41 AM

Carousel Beast: Benevolent Misanthrope: Elandriel: cman: Ethically speaking, editing DNA is perfectly fine

We are in a game against extinction.

Our ancestors wished they could program themselves and give them a leg-up against the rest of the world.

Now we are in a position to do that

But Jesus, cman.  He would frown because I don't know.

I predict DNA editing and stem cell research will quickly become like abortion for the folks with religious objections - their case will be the exception, the one case where it's acceptable, because, well, that's different.  But they'll still oppose it for anyone else.

I predict that people with an axe to grind will pop a hamstring to denigrate those not on their end of the political and/or religious spectrum, using a story without a religious or political slant.


Lighten up, Francis.  I was responding to Elandriel's "But Jesus would frown on it" comment.
 
2013-08-27 11:28:45 AM
Sounds good, but will I have to retrieve the Egg of the Phoenix so I can afford the life extending treatments?

/E.C. or Easy?
 
2013-08-27 11:31:35 AM
 but i has all of this cept blue eyes and and my skin has an abundance  of melanin producing genes. I mean i could have them make them recessive but my credit rating is fine.
 
2013-08-27 11:31:37 AM

no icon tact: ORA-01578: ORACLE cell block corrupted (strand # 11, block # 4262)
ORA-01110: strand 11: '/db/oracle/PROD/db/madula_st/cell/sysaux01.dna'


So much this. I get called in to big companies all the time to fix up clusterfark code that previous dev teams charged seven figures for. The thought of seeing the equivalent in living, breathing, suffering creatures makes me shudder. . .
 
2013-08-27 11:32:28 AM
qtom.s3.amazonaws.com

Shame his kid was such a jerkass.
 
2013-08-27 11:33:23 AM
OK but what if a blokes name is Jim or Steve, or Gary.  Why are people named Will only allowed this treatement?
 
2013-08-27 11:33:25 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: Except for living longer. That's always bad because atoms have an age.


You realize that people aren't necessarily mocking the idea of living longer, just mocking your 'proof' that immortality has to be possible because 'atoms don't age', right?

/Or maybe you don't.
//By the way, I seem to recall that we don't *know* that protons don't have a half life-and in some models, they do. It has not yet been experimentally verified, mind.
///So atoms might very well age.
 
2013-08-27 11:33:58 AM
Researchers are 6'4" (193 cm)?!?  Why so tall?  They'll bump their heads on stuff.  Better to be 5'10" (177cm).
 
2013-08-27 11:34:14 AM

cman: Quantum Apostrophe: Except for living longer. That's always bad because atoms have an age.

You do realize that every seven years you are pretty much an entirely different person, right?

Everything on a cellular level changes. You have the same memories, but that is about it


I know. You have to realize most of my posts are from the point of view of the kind of "arguments" I get from Space Nutters, ie nothing of substance.

Atoms are, well, atoms, they're all the same and certainly don't have a sense of time at the biological scale. I see no fundamental limit to extending our lifespan. There may be plenty of others, but atoms becoming slow and middle-aged ain't one of them.
 
2013-08-27 11:36:58 AM
Can we call immortality therapy "Boosterspice"?

Boosterspice is a drug compound developed by genetic engineers on . It interrupts the aging process in <a data-cke-saved-href="http://larryniven.wikia.com/wiki/Human" title="Human">humans. One course of treatment lasts 25 years and regular treatment results in the user's  apparent age stopping at the chronological age when treatment begun.
 
2013-08-27 11:38:17 AM
Volunteers?

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2013-08-27 11:38:58 AM

dj_spanmaster: And it'll be weaponized into cancer bombs in just 6 months. Yay, biological/chemical warfare!


I bet we'd finally get a cure all for cancer then.  Anti-cancer bomb or something.  Could you imagine how advanced medical technology could get and how quickly if there was a good old fashioned arms race based around genetic weapons?
 
2013-08-27 11:42:29 AM
Does subby assume all DNA researchers are men or just like really tall chicks?
 
2013-08-27 11:43:34 AM
Surely the Law of Unintended Consequences applies.
 
2013-08-27 11:44:20 AM
Yeah I dont know that I like this, I mean it cheapens my gawd given tallness, blue eyes and large cawk. I mean about the only thing I have that most would reccomend changing is the gingervitis.
 
2013-08-27 11:44:35 AM
I usually just use Notepad...

//oldschool
 
2013-08-27 11:44:55 AM

piperTom: Researchers are 6'4" (193 cm)?!?  Why so tall?  They'll bump their heads on stuff.  Better to be 5'10" (177cm).


Probably WWE fans.  5'10" is pretty close to the ideal size, however I played basketball and at the time I wished I had another 2-4 inches. That's the difference between scholorship and a paying for school.
 
2013-08-27 11:45:12 AM

fireclown: Shame his kid was such a jerkass.


He was honestly kind of a prick too.
 
2013-08-27 11:47:35 AM
6'3" With FANTASTIC hair and awesome eyes.,..

but I inherited the fatass gene in my family, so you can't win them all.

/Super modest as well!
 
2013-08-27 11:49:09 AM

The Irresponsible Captain: Can we call immortality therapy "Boosterspice"?


Absolutely!
 
2013-08-27 11:51:04 AM
FINALLY the four-assed monkey can be a reality.

images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-08-27 11:54:12 AM
12 inch penis!?
 
2013-08-27 11:57:51 AM

piperTom: Researchers are 6'4" (193 cm)?!?  Why so tall?  They'll bump their heads on stuff.  Better to be 5'10" (177cm).


What, and become king of the manlets?
 
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