News Scientists are growing anxious about genome-editing tools

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  1. dawg

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    Genome Editing with CRISPR-Cas9(4:12)
    This animation depicts the CRISPR-Cas9 method for genome editing – a powerful new technology with many applications in biomedical research, including the potential to treat human genetic disease. (Feng Zhang/McGovern Institute for Brain Research/MIT)
    By Meeri Kim May 18 at 3:17 PM
    Every human genome contains the blueprints for building a person, a library of roughly 20,000 genes that encode everything from eye color to cancer risk. Imagine if those genetic instructions could be tweaked at will — with a snip here and a cut there, a gene might be deleted, inserted or replaced by a different piece of DNA.

    Tools that can do this already exist, but one in particular, called CRISPR/Cas 9, has leapt ahead of other genome-editing tools because it’s cost-effective and simple. Researchers say that human clinical trials to fix genetic diseases — for example, sickle cell anemia — are only a few years away.

    Last month, a team of Chinese researchers reported that, in a first-of-its-kind event, they had edited the genomes of human embryos. (The embryos, obtained from local fertility clinics, would not have resulted in live births because they contained an extra set of chromosomes.) The scientists’ aim was to modify the gene responsible for a common blood disorder using CRISPR.

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    Now if they can edit Robin, Beth and Howard genomes making them more human. Nah, will take a century. Always oddities in nature
     
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    Great more chinks
     
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    Fifty years from now, the world will look drastically different. Cancer and heart disease will be long gone. People will live well into their 100s. But most likely, artificial intelligence will make human life basically irrelevant. The machines will simply realize that we are stupid, greedy pigs and pull our plugs.
     
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    it can get really weird out there pretty quickly. creating new creatures, new germs, new ways to kill each other. AI scaring even the guys who know about this stuff.

    sci fi books have it all laid out. it just depends on which horrible scenario this leads too.

    i'll be dead by then though so once again, i win. :dance: