cman: Ethically speaking, editing DNA is perfectly fineWe 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
GRCooper: entropic_existence: To reiterate from one of my posts above we do NOT have a tool that allows us to effectively manipulate the DNA of cells in a living organism. While TALENs do get used in living organisms (Zebrafish) for research purposes that is because we can inject them in to embryos. That and and we can work with hundreds to thousands of fish at a time, which helps when it isn't effective 100% of the time. This is not something even remotely able to inject into a person for any sort of large scale work. You might be able to do something similar to how we are currently doing gene therapy where you work on isolated cells or do very specific injections into tissues where it is possible (eyes). Even then it would be way less practical in almost all circumstances when compared to the viral vectors we currently use.What about EMS recombination?
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.
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?
doubled99: Big deal. I've been manipulating my DNA for years.
Saiga410: OK but what if a blokes name is Jim or Steve, or Gary. Why are people named Will only allowed this treatement?
mod3072: So... just out of curiosity, let's pretend for a moment that I am not already perfect in every way. In this completely imaginary scenario, instead of being built like a Greek God, I'm 5' 9", overweight, and I'm bow-legged and have a 4 inch penis. Hypothetically. If they found a way to rewrite my genetic code to be more-or-less perfect, would I actually change? Would anything at all happen? Would I die horribly? I can see how it could fix some genetic diseases in a fully grown adult, but could you change your physical build/appearance once you are fully developed, or would that have to happen when you were very young? Not that I would want the gene to give me a huge black wang anyways. I'm just asking for a friend.
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.
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