historic moment ain't going away

Anton Sherwood (dasher@netcom.com)
Tue, 29 Jul 1997 19:51:03 -0700 (PDT)

Patrick Wilken whinges
: A few days ago I posted a note to the effect that we are now have the
: technology to alter the human germ line. And in the following days all
: I see are nutso posts or posts that rely on science that won't become
: available for decades if not centuries. Yet here we have a technology
: that would allow us TODAY to create human beings (??) that would have
: natural lifespans of 100s (1000s???) of years (presuming inserting the
: appropriate antioxidant genes into the human genome will work the same
: as experiments like those on fruit flies). [...]

That's an awfully big "presuming", which alone is
more than enough to call the "TODAY" into question.

I hope the children I'm not likely to have will forgive me
if I'm not particularly interested in advances that will
benefit the next generation long after I'm dead.

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