Re: Upload rehearsal?

Anders Sandberg (
Fri, 1 Nov 1996 23:49:24 +0100 (MET)

On Fri, 1 Nov 1996, Chris Hind wrote:

> Does this mean that today I can go get some gene therapy to make by brown
> eyes blue?

The problem is getting the right genes into your iris cells; normally
gene therapy uses retroviruses or adenoviruses to infect cells and insert
the genes, but I don't think there are any suitable viruses for eyes. But
it should be quite possible to fix the eyes of your child if it is
conceived in vitro.

But you can use the fact that blue eyes are just brown eyes sans melanine,
perhaps you could design something that kills off the melanine-containing
cells of the iris, and get blue eyes (or red albino eyes - oops!).
Somehow, I think colored contact lenses are less trouble right now...

> Also, why not use multiple engineered bacterium to put together
> the first nanite for us?

This is probably the best way. Now we just need a good nanite design and
the knowhow to make the bacteria.

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