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Can we control our evolution through gene manipulation and cybernetics?

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--- Quote from: onishadowolf 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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A simple retrovirus would do nicely.

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.

Devious Viper:

--- Quote from: onishadowolf on January 06, 2011, 03:50:37 PM ---Can we or should we control our evolution.
And what would the consequences be of doing so?

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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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