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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 07:58:38 PM

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?


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Andrew Mercer
http://florida.arrests.org/Arrests/Andrew_Mercer_2130827/
 
2013-08-27 08:09:37 PM

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.

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*shudder*
 
2013-08-27 09:29:54 PM

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.

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*shudder*


Looks like someone needs to dump some calamine lotion on that. Looks irritated
 
2013-08-27 11:33:10 PM
Gattaca is coming...
 
2013-08-28 10:52:03 AM

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.

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And one, you know, for scale:

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And if I recall correctly from a previous thread, you fundraise for an animal rescue?  You single?  If not, can I have some DNA to clone you? :)
 
2013-08-28 02:10:58 PM

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?


I'm saying there isn't a pattern to the degredation of biological life.  We can treat the symptoms of aging, up to and including the improvement of RNA replication inaccuracies, I'm sure.  And yeah, we can push the lifespan out pretty damned far.  We can replace organs that fail, and we're starting to grow them from people's own stem cells.  But we're fighting an implacable foe in aging.  The computer you'd need to monitor all the shiat happening in one persons body would be more powerful than anything we have today.  And everybody is different.

That has absolutely nothing to do with the sun though, which is why I still think you're TimeCube crazy.
 
2013-08-28 04:29:23 PM
I'll take a lifetime supply of the pill that means I don't have to shave my face ever again TYVM.
 
2013-08-28 05:39:12 PM

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.


And even then, you wouldn't believe the kind of crap we have to put up with over in agriculture. But yeah, that's the reason why I'm not in human genetics, and instead skipped over to making plants grow. Nobody really complains when you kill a few hundred test subjects.
 
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