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Old Dec 13th 2012, 12:54 AM
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I agree with Owl Scowl. If I had the opportunity, I would do it. Genetically modify my children to make them immune to all diseases and cancers and such, why not?

If such technology became available, I would pay to use it.

The problem would be - to whom it would be available. It would still cost much money. So would be available only to the elite, and, perhaps, people like me too, a step down the ladder. But not to lower middle class, let alone the poor. More unfairness...
This will never happen. We haven't got the technology to outpace what evolution accomplishes all on its own. Disease pathogens can reproduce at a rate of about 1,000 generations per day. With that kind of speed, our best antibiotics have been outpaced in a matter of 70 years total since their introduction. For the first 45 of those years, penecillin was enough. For the next 15, amoxicillin and its derivatives. Now we are fighting an unwinable battle with drug families I'm not going to attempt to spell. All of them have produced resistent forms of many deadly diseases. Cancer might be another case altogether because it isn't perpetuated by a microorganism.
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This will never happen. We haven't got the technology to outpace what evolution accomplishes all on its own. Disease pathogens can reproduce at a rate of about 1,000 generations per day. With that kind of speed, our best antibiotics have been outpaced in a matter of 70 years total since their introduction. For the first 45 of those years, penecillin was enough. For the next 15, amoxicillin and its derivatives. Now we are fighting an unwinable battle with drug families I'm not going to attempt to spell. All of them have produced resistent forms of many deadly diseases. Cancer might be another case altogether because it isn't perpetuated by a microorganism.
don't say never. there are scientists who say otherwise. some think it would be possible in a couple of centuries.
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Old Dec 26th 2012, 11:52 PM
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don't say never. there are scientists who say otherwise. some think it would be possible in a couple of centuries.
Do you know what they said in the 1970s? That diseases such as smallpox, polio, TB, and cholera would be a thing of the past. When smallpox was eradicated, HIV took its place in the same locations where smallpox was last seen. Polio, TB, and cholera all have drug-resistant forms, some of them multi-drud-resistant. We cannot develop drugs or therapies faster than their rates of 1,000 generations per day. It is simply biology but we have deluded ourselves into thinking we can do better.
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Do you know what they said in the 1970s? That diseases such as smallpox, polio, TB, and cholera would be a thing of the past. When smallpox was eradicated, HIV took its place in the same locations where smallpox was last seen. Polio, TB, and cholera all have drug-resistant forms, some of them multi-drud-resistant. We cannot develop drugs or therapies faster than their rates of 1,000 generations per day. It is simply biology but we have deluded ourselves into thinking we can do better.
You can thank Oprah for the spike in Polio and TB that has broken out in the USA over the last ten years. Apparently Oprah was chief cheerleader for the anti-vaccination crackpots bandwagon and managed to convince millions that vaccines are poison. Hence the spike in diseases once thought to be dead in America.
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Would you genetic engineer your child?
I am offended that you'd even ask me.
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