A Rennaissance Man

CRISPR Genetic Editing

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In popular usage, “CRISPR” (pronounced “crisper”) is the acronym for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR); an enzyme that acts like a pair of molecular scissors, capable of cutting strands of DNA.

The rapid development of the science of biology puts all of us on the precipice of a cliff from which the global population is soon to fall. An upheaval of the species in ways that many people may not yet realize. In fact, if one were to consider for a moment what is actually happening compared to what is discussed openly in public they would be in good company believing like so many others that our world is about to significantly change (presumably) for the better when it is more likely genetic changes will cause chaos, violence and wars like no other era known to mankind.

For the first time in (known) human history, we actually have the ability to develop therapies and – cures – for diseases for which there are no existing cures or therapies by simply snipping and sewing and rearranging strands of DNA. That’s what the science of genetics has become capable of as our species has come to simplify the complexity of genetics.

Curing disease is what the public hears CRISPR is being used for however the public discussion of the science of life extension enabled by genetic editing remains a whisper despite the reality that geneticists are very near extending human life to ~150 years or more while living in the body of a young adult in their 20s or 30s and — it may already be a done deal –– and –that– is being kept quiet as long as possible. Stranger yet the scientific conjecture suggests  one day it will be possible to reverse aging altogether.

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The 1997 film Gattaca presented the vision of a future society driven by eugenics where children desirable by society are genetically edited.
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In the year 2154, humanity is sharply divided between two classes of people: The genetically edited ultrarich who live aboard a luxurious space station called Elysium and the rest of the population that lives a hardscrabble existence of poverty, sickness and death on the surface of Earth.

Elysium (Ancient Greek), otherwise known as the Elysian Fields is a conception of an afterlife as believed in Greek religious and philosophical sects.

You may have noticed they haven’t (as of late) made a movie forecasting a utopian world where humans and the advanced sciences have brought peace and prosperity to the planet for all. Nor do they dare make known what they (the elitists and the governments they own) intend to do with the “useless eaters.” The make-believe movie Elysium does. Doesn’t it?

The law of unintended consequences waits in the shadows…

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