Wednesday, April 27, 2016

DNA editing getting closer

I read about this last week.. basically scientists have been able to splice down to the DNA of cells.  It's intent is of course to eliminate diseases on a cellular level.  Have history of cancer in your family?  Perhaps one day they'll simply delete any information that might lead your body to start producing cancerous cells.  Heck, maybe they'll edit the DNA so you never age?  New cells regenerating forever?  Currently the success rate is only 17% on live cells, but in my mind if they take dozens of cells one is bound to get it right (I assume once a cell is modified, they let it divide and multiply, then inject those cells into the body to tell other cells to replicate).

Of course my mind goes down a different path, imagine a sex change at the DNA level.  Yea, I mean chromosomes are made up from DNA strings.  Edit at the string level, there's no reason you couldn't modify someone's chromosomes right?  And that's changing the genetics..  No more arguments of how you're not a real woman, you're just a man on hormones (yes, no more hormones).  You would be genetically changed into a female.

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