Author Topic: Can we control our evolution through gene manipulation and cybernetics?  (Read 2327 times)

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Can we or should we control our evolution.
And what would the consequences be of doing so?
« Last Edit: January 06, 2011, 03:52:43 pm by onishadowolf »
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Re: Can we control our evolution through gene manipulation and cybernetics?
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2011, 07:00:25 pm »
Honestly, I think this would be a great idea! We could manipulate our genome to make ourselves less dependent on the world around us. Think of it; being able to generate our own food, and to make ourselves resistant, or even immune to disease and aging.

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Re: Can we control our evolution through gene manipulation and cybernetics?
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2011, 05:38:48 am »
I see the good and the bad in this. So many good possibilities, and so many bad.  Is it really over stepping our station?
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Re: Can we control our evolution through gene manipulation and cybernetics?
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2011, 05:54:41 am »
I see the good and the bad in this. So many good possibilities, and so many bad.  Is it really over stepping our station?

You assume that we have a station to overstep.

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Re: Can we control our evolution through gene manipulation and cybernetics?
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2011, 08:23:48 am »
I dont think we will be able to control anything. The use of nuclear energy is a simple illustration that there always be some individuals to use it for their own profit.  It will surely happens if we are not blown away before ...
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Re: Can we control our evolution through gene manipulation and cybernetics?
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2011, 10:03:47 am »
Yes. This is possible. However would it be wise to mess around with your genetics if you had no "saved game" to fall back on?
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Re: Can we control our evolution through gene manipulation and cybernetics?
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2011, 11:31:07 am »
Yes. This is possible. However would it be wise to mess around with your genetics if you had no "saved game" to fall back on?

Now that's using some good old fashioned common sense, Raziel. I never even considered that.

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Re: Can we control our evolution through gene manipulation and cybernetics?
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2011, 12:44:28 pm »
SG-1. Asgard.

@momo: your patronizing is noted.
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Re: Can we control our evolution through gene manipulation and cybernetics?
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2011, 05:13:18 pm »
SG-1. Asgard.

@momo: your patronizing is noted.

No patronizing in this case, Raz. You legitimately did outthink me this time. Congratulations.

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Re: Can we control our evolution through gene manipulation and cybernetics?
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2011, 06:41:40 pm »
You could have a template saved. Or save a sample of your genetics before tampering. That is if you can revert it back.
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Re: Can we control our evolution through gene manipulation and cybernetics?
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2011, 06:46:09 pm »
You could have a template saved. Or save a sample of your genetics before tampering. That is if you can revert it back.

A simple retrovirus would do nicely.

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Re: Can we control our evolution through gene manipulation and cybernetics?
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2011, 06:52:24 pm »
Yes that would, or you could use nanotechnology. Use them as a failsafe to go into action when things go bad, modifying viruses to help restore the genome back to the template on file.
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Re: Can we control our evolution through gene manipulation and cybernetics?
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2011, 05:27:24 pm »
Can we or should we control our evolution.
And what would the consequences be of doing so?

We already have the ability to do this. At a basic level, it was first achieved in 2001, when US scientists confirmed that around 30 children had been genetically engineered with an altered germline - "[the] collection of genes that they will pass on to their offspring." Given the current state of knowledge about the human genome, and the experiments already carried out on plants and animals, there is a heck of a lot that we could do to humans at a genetic level... but as the linked article says, "Altering the germline is something that the vast majority of scientists deem unethical given the limitations of our knowledge." I'd go along with that line of thought, although you can bet your bottom $ that Big Pharma doesn't agree with me...

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