Re: Human Cloning: The Trade-In Strategy

Anders Sandberg (
Mon, 24 Feb 1997 15:32:35 +0100 (MET)

On Mon, 24 Feb 1997, Max M (Not MORE... not less) wrote:

> Another thing to consider is that even though you can obviously use a copy
> of your own body for spare parts, then these spare parts will have exactly
> the same likelyhood to develop the diseases that is the reason to change
> those parts.

It depends on what diseases we are talking about. Genetic diseases are
obviously a problem, but if it is just a case for genetic predisposition
towards some diseases then a replacement part might be helpful. And
diseases that are due to external factors such as bacteria, viruses and
the environment (like excessive drinking) could be treated by fresh
organs. Of course, they are more likely to develop these diseases and
there are some immunological complications if antibodies have been
developed against the sick organ, but I think they might be a viable way
to extend life a bit more.

I have only been in surgery once, and it was a relatively minor hernia
operation. Still, the fact that it hurt afterwards and it took me several
weeks to get back to my old activity level made me realize that we
sometimes speak a bit too casually about transplanting orgams, inserting
bionics and changing our bodies - even with good medical technology (and
care) it will be painful, expensive and take time. Sorry, no "heart
transplants while you wait" shops.

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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