Mentalpatient87: Corbow6: Holy fark! Did anyone catch that the dude who essentially made this new find possible was named Andrew Mercer. "For this he adapted a "directed evolution" technique developed last year by Andrew C. Mercer, who at the time was a research associate in the Barbas laboratory."That's somewhat coincidental...Oh yeah, Prototype. Didn't the first one have some kind of story about a particularly brooding hoodie?
Oldiron_79: 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.
cryinoutloud: Oldiron_79: 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.Gingervitis? As if you could even get near a woman with that. That shiat is incredibly contagious.[640x429 from http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn204/zombiecarter/CHUCKLES/redhead s.jpg image 640x429]*shudder*
ggecko: Ok, I realize I am setting myself up for ridicule here, but I am exactly 6'4", full head of hair, blue eyes, athletic and somewhat of a good jawline. So go ahead, joke away.[850x1276 from http://i.imgur.com/ZYc5D.jpg image 850x1276][850x1278 from http://i.imgur.com/B4c6K.jpg image 850x1278]And one, you know, for scale:[850x1274 from http://i.imgur.com/FsDR97p.jpg image 850x1274]
Quantum Apostrophe: Are you saying we'll never, ever figure out a PATTERN?All I'm saying is we evolved. Now we should engineer our lifespan, like we've engineered every single other thing in our Western life. So what?So we'll never be "immortal". Fine. I'll take 50000 years then. So what?
entropic_existence: Quantum Apostrophe: If the biological sciences had the same PR as NASA did in the '60s, you wouldn't need me...Genetics gets lots of money, although like ALL of the sciences it could use more. The major reason we can;t go full steam ahead on developing radical human genetic technologies is because if we fark up, and we will, it will result in people who die or develop nasty forms of cancer. So we go slow, and most of what we develop is developed towards curing disease instead of "designer" enhancements. Where you will see adoption of designer genetics first will primarily be in agriculture, because it is a hell of a lot easier to get ethics approval to make bigger, meatier cows with better fat deposition characteristics.Arsten: You're right. I extrapolated to a future possible position while actively saying "Now". Do'h.Probably TALENs or their direct derivatives will never be the right tool. But some hybrid form of viral-delivery system, perhaps with TALEN or CRISPR (a similar system) like components will. Of course it would be way easier to do genetic engineering at the egg/sperm stage, or early embryonic at the very least, rather than in adults. But we can currently do rudimentary gene therapy in the eyes of adults for instance, so certain problems/tissues will always be more amenable.
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