Re: Fortune Article: Blessings from the Book of Life

From: Robert J. Bradbury (
Date: Wed Mar 01 2000 - 18:47:53 MST

On Wed, 1 Mar 2000, Frank Prengel wrote:

> "Blessings from the Book of Life
> Decoding the human genome will yield a bounty of biotech
> miracles that will transform our lives in the next 40 years."

Pessimists, bloody #$#*$# pessimists. Forty years is the amount
of time it took to understand that DNA was the information
carrier (1953), to the time people seriously started adding big
chunks of it to the databases (1993).

If we can't move faster than that in our information enhanced
environment, then there are some people who should be taken out
of the lab and shot to make room for the youngsters who don't
have as many preconceptions about what "can't" be done!!!

Ten years, ten years, I tell you, no more than ten years!
If we don't have significant progress by then, we will clearly
have in its place, evidence of our conservatism murduring people.


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