Historic Moment (NOT) Missed !!!!

Prof. Jose Gomes Filho (gomes@dpx.cnen.gov.br)
Thu, 31 Jul 1997 16:59:15 +0000

> From: patrickw@cs.monash.edu.au (Patrick Wilken)
> 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). Not only that, but as our knowledge grows to
> gradually create completely new species of humans. Yet no-one seems
> interested about this. I am happy to admit that my posts are no where as
> cleanly written as say Sandberg or Feynman, but I am not willing to accept
> that this is not as important a development as I know it to be. Perhaps
> Perry M. is right and this list has declined to the point that people are
> so inward looking that they can't even notice history marching past
> outside.
> best, patrick

A related question is if it is already possible to change the
genoma of an already alive human, like us ?


Prof. Gomes

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