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(Scientific American)   Mail order kits now allow anyone to hack DNA at home. What could possibly go wrong?   ( scientificamerican.com) divider line
    More: Scary, CRISPR, Bacteria, Gene, DNA, E. coli, guide RNA, DIY CRISPR kits-one, gene editing  
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2017-11-10 01:40:08 PM  
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2017-11-10 02:20:18 PM  
What's the worst you could do?  An asexually reproducing, uber-nymphomaniac spider monkey that can only satisfy its sexual desire by plunging its botulism-toxin injecting stinger-penis into the body of a member of the creator/purchaser's chosen ethnic/racial/demographic group?

Like that would ever happen.
 
2017-11-10 02:26:56 PM  
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2017-11-10 02:28:48 PM  
Do you like DNA Herpes?
'Cause this is how you get DNA Herpes.
 
2017-11-10 02:36:16 PM  
This is promising.  I have a long list of improvements I would like to make to humans.

Take hands, for instance-- make those fingers one joint longer, replace the "pinkie" finger with another opposable thumb and remove the nails.

There are a lot of poor design decisions we can fix.
 
2017-11-10 02:42:37 PM  
I've been eyeballing one of these kits myself.

I want to make glow in the dark bread.
 
2017-11-10 02:44:01 PM  
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Approves wholeheartedly.
 
2017-11-10 02:59:28 PM  
What could possibly go wrong?

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2017-11-10 03:03:03 PM  
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2017-11-10 03:17:32 PM  

Leftover Cocaine: What's the worst you could do?  An asexually reproducing, uber-nymphomaniac spider monkey that can only satisfy its sexual desire by plunging its botulism-toxin injecting stinger-penis into the body of a member of the creator/purchaser's chosen ethnic/racial/demographic group?

Like that would ever happen.


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2017-11-10 03:18:00 PM  
Good writing, with good explanations and descriptions.  That's pretty rare when amateurs or non-scientists write about science.  (Plenty of other problems when scientists try to write about science)
 
2017-11-10 03:20:58 PM  
This will really just end up being used by DNA script-kiddies.
 
2017-11-10 03:26:24 PM  
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2017-11-10 03:43:03 PM  
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2017-11-10 03:51:25 PM  
My wife did her MS in ancient dna extraction and analysis. From what I saw and heard from her, editing genes requires just a bit more equipment and very expensive materials. So I doubt much can go wrong. That said, our kid is so going to have the best science fair project when he creates a new strain of smallpox.
 
2017-11-10 03:54:02 PM  
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2017-11-10 04:01:50 PM  
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2017-11-10 04:20:14 PM  

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The White Plague

is one of the scariest books I ever read - and that's very old tech compared to CRISPR.
 
2017-11-10 04:22:06 PM  
What could go RIGHT!?
 
2017-11-10 04:46:13 PM  
Excellent. This plus the ant-controlling fungus and we can bring The Walking Dead to life (death?) !
 
2017-11-10 05:33:00 PM  
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/has anyone got a poppadom the size of Lake Michigan?
 
2017-11-10 05:59:32 PM  
Just antibiotic resistant ecoli, no big deal...

/seriously, that's the build being sent.
 
2017-11-10 07:01:24 PM  
If they are average Americans: Nothing...because they won't get anything to work and give up (Wetware engineering isn't like playing with your first easy bake oven, pal). If they happen to be smart, sufficiently trained and talented while willing to sink some dedicated time & money into it...then stuff could go wrong.
 
2017-11-10 07:03:46 PM  

fark'emfeed'emfish: Just antibiotic resistant ecoli, no big deal...

/seriously, that's the build being sent.


Oh great. I'm sure every single one of the recipients will be a responsible junior scientist and bleach the hell out of the bacteria before they dump it and not just flush it down the drain. Right. Right?
 
2017-11-10 08:07:41 PM  
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2017-11-10 10:41:35 PM  
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2017-11-11 12:36:45 AM  
Hey, let's hook it up to some learning algorithms while we're at it.  I'm sure we can get to 100% lethality if we just put forth a modicum of effort.
 
2017-11-11 12:35:47 PM  

ParallelUniverseParking: fark'emfeed'emfish: Just antibiotic resistant ecoli, no big deal...

/seriously, that's the build being sent.

Oh great. I'm sure every single one of the recipients will be a responsible junior scientist and bleach the hell out of the bacteria before they dump it and not just flush it down the drain. Right. Right?


I flush literal shiat loads of e. coli down the drain.  And I am sure most people in the US do the same.  Now, my shiat loads are probably not drug resistant, since I have only ever had antibiotics once (probably alcohol resistant though), but much of the population is probably flushing shiat loads of antibiotic resistant e. coli.
 
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