Genetic engineering

Discussion in 'Political Discourse' started by Spooby, Apr 20, 2018.

  1. Spooby

    Spooby Member

    I'm interested in everyone's political thoughts on genetic engineering. There are so many things happening right now with CRISPR technology, it seems to be way to think by the year 2040 there'll be a plethora of pharmaceutical applications and the regulations that come with it all. Imagine what kinds of things we may be capable of in the near future with the use of computers.

    What can I learn from you as I dive into the field?

    Thank you!
  2. x11

    x11 Member

    You can learn that if you accidentally leave the lab with some little friends that got out of the test tube on you then you could potentially end all life as we know it.
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  3. Michael Scally MD

    Michael Scally MD Doctor of Medicine

    [OA] In Vivo Target Gene Activation via CRISPR/Cas9-Mediated Trans-Epigenetic Modulation [Follistatin]

    Phenotypic Enhancement of Muscle Mass Induced by In Vivo CRISPR/Cas9 TGA

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  4. flenser

    flenser Member Supporter

    My political thoughts are that governments will make a mess of things as usual. But the genetic Pandora's box is already open. I'm sure the ADA will be lobbying governments to ban PEGM, that is Performance Enhancing Genetic Mods : )
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  5. Michael Scally MD

    Michael Scally MD Doctor of Medicine

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  6. Thaistick

    Thaistick Member

    Well that was hilarious and terrifying.
  7. picholas

    picholas Member

    Bring it on
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  8. MarioKnightLabs

    MarioKnightLabs Junior Member

    So The Walking Dead is going to be a real stuff in the future?
    I'd better be prepared..
  9. MindlessWork

    MindlessWork Member Supporter

    My take on genetic engineering is that it has its good uses and should never be used for evil ends aka "Brave New World" or "1984". Genetic engineering in humans should be limited to fixing genetic disorders or fighting cancer.
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  10. flenser

    flenser Member Supporter

    In the future? My morning commute is already full of zombies.
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  11. Mac11wildcat

    Mac11wildcat Member

    Short answer? Humans can’t be trusted with this technology. We fuck everything up, because when you start seeing these sorts of techs become medical and civilian you can be sure it has already been weaponized/militarized.
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  12. flenser

    flenser Member Supporter

    If it exists, it will be used for whatever ends the powerful want to pursue. The most likely applications will be immune system mods to embryos. There has already been some limited human testing with very little coverage by the media. Somewhat more common, and completely legal AFAIK, is embryo selection via in vitro fertilization. This is often to select candidates that lack genetic defects common in the family line, but it is also used for more vane reasons..

    Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg of The Fertility Institutes sells PGD for sex selection, is again starting to sell a choice of eye color and plans to offer more traits.

    I personally have no problem with it. It beats the alternative of selective abortions which I believe is also legal.

    edit: It just occurred to me, having two older brothers and no sisters, I wonder if I would be here if that option had been available at the time : )
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