How We Can Make Genetic Super Humans


A TEAM OF SCIENTISTS FROM THE
UNITED STATES, CHINA, AND ALSO SOUTH KOREA HAVE FOUND A WAY
TO PRECISELY ADDED DNA IN HUMAN EMBRYOS IN ORDER TO FIGHT
WHAT IS REFERRED TO AS A DISEASE GENE. SUPER FASCINATING. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT OTHER
SCIENTISTS ARE REALLY WORRIED ABOUT BECAUSE THEY
THINK IT WILL LEAD TO THE EMERGENCE OF SO-CALLED DESIGNER
BABIES BUT THE SCIENTISTS WORKING ON THIS EXPERIMENT ARE
SPECIFICALLY LOOKING FOR WAYS TO DO AWAY WITH THE
GENES THAT LEAD TO SERIOUS LIFE-THREATENING DISEASES LATER
ON IN YOUR LIFE. THIS INTERNATIONAL TEAM OF
SCIENTISTS REPORTS THAT THEY HAVE, FOR THE FIRST
TIME, FIGURED OUT A WAY TO SUCCESSFULLY EDIT THE DNA AND
HUMAN EMBRYOS WITHOUT INTRODUCING THE HARMFUL
MUTATIONS THAT WERE A PROBLEM IN PREVIOUS ATTEMPTS
ELSEWHERE DOTS THOSE PREVIOUS ATTEMPTS ELSEWHERE WERE ACTUALLY
IN CHINA, WHERE THEY ATTEMPTED TO DO THE SAME THING BUT IT LED
TO OTHER MUTATIONS THAT COULD HAVE LED TO OTHER DISEASES
FOR HUMANS IN THE FUTURE. THE NEW EXPERIMENT USED A
POWERFUL NEW GENE EDITING TECHNIQUE TO CORRECT A GENETIC
DEFECT BEHIND A HEART DISORDER THAT CAN CAUSE
SEEMINGLY HEALTHY YOUNG PEOPLE TO SUDDENLY DIE FROM
HEART FAILURE. OTHER POTENTIAL USES IF THEY
FINE-TUNE THIS, KEEP STUDYING AND FIND THAT IT WILL BE
EFFECTIVE, IT COULD HELP CURE PEOPLE OR PREVENT I SHOULD
SAY, PREVENT HUNTINGTON’S DISEASE, CYSTIC FIBROSIS,
ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE, BREAST AND A VERY AND CANCER BUT I WANT
TO BE ABSOLUTELY CLEAR. THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WILL
NOW BE IMPLEMENTED. AGAIN, THEY WANT TO DO MORE
STUDIES AND THEY ALSO HAVE SOME ETHICAL CONCERNS TO ADDRESS
AS WELL. IT IS OVER. WE’RE GOING TO INVOLVE OURSELVES
OUT OF EXISTENCE. WE’RE GOING TO BANANA OURSELVES. THERE WILL BE SUPERHUMANS. IT IS ALREADY OVER. IT IS JUST
A MATTER OF TIME THOUGHT IT WAS NICE KNOWING US. HOMO SAPIENS, YOU HAD A GOOD
RUN. LET ME EXPLAIN. 1ST OF ALL, I THINK THE
INTERVIEW WITH SOME DOCTORS THAT IS UP ON TYT INTERVIEWS
ABOUT SIMILAR PROCEDURES AND THE REASON WHY THEY ARE DEFINITELY
GOING TO DO THIS IS TWOFOLD. ONE, TECHNOLOGY KEEPS IMPROVING
SO THEY WILL GET BETTER AND BETTER AND LIKE ANNA SAID, WE
SEE THIS AND IT DIDN’T WORK. NOW IT DOES. 2, PEOPLE REALLY NEED IT AND
SO THOSE DISEASES ARE INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT. BREAST CANCER KILL SOME NEW
PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY, LET ALONE ALZHEIMER’S. YOU COULD JUST KNOCK THAT OUT IN
THE GENE LEVEL THAT WOULD BE AMAZING. AND THOSE ARE JUST FOR EXAMPLES. THIS IS JUST THE TIP OF THE
ICEBERG. ONCE YOU GET INTO THE GENES,
WENT UP EXHIBIT THINGS? IN FACT, THE DOCTORS I WAS
TALKING TO WAS ABOUT A VERY RED CONDITION WHERE YOUR HEART
STOPS ALL OF A SUDDEN. IS REALLY SIMILAR TO THE STORY. IF IT IS GENETIC AND YOU THINK
YOUR KIDS HAVE A, AND THEY COULD DIE AT ANY MOMENT WITHOUT
WARNING, WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO FIX THAT? ANYTHING, RIGHT? PEOPLE ARE GOING TO INVESTIGATE
THIS. WE ARE ALREADY VERY CLOSE TO
SOLVING AND THEN THEY ARE GOING TO DO IT. ADMITTEDLY SO. I WOULD DO IT. ONCE YOU START DOING IT, THERE
IS NO INTO IT. THE MINUTE YOU CAN KURT CURE
CYSTIC FIBROSIS, SOMEONE IS GOING TO SAY, I WANTED WAS A
LITTLE TALLER. CAN YOU DO THAT? TECHNICALLY, NOT YET. IS IT
THEORETICALLY POSSIBLE? ENORMOUSLY POSSIBLE/ALMOST EASY. I’M A SCIENTIST AND SCIENTISTS
GO ON THE COMMON SECTION, AND I DON’T OVERSIMPLIFY IT, BUT IT IS
NOT DRASTICALLY DIFFERENT THAN THIS PROCEDURE AND THEY EXPLAIN
IN THE NEW YORK TIMES AND MPR AND ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE WHO
COVERED IT, GUESS, IT IS POSSIBLE. TALLER, STRONGER. THE SUPER BABIES. WE CALL THEM SUPER BABIES BUT
THEY REALLY ARE SUPERHUMANS. IT IS ALMOST A DIFFERENT SPECIES
BECAUSE IT IS NO LONGER GENETICALLY US IT IS GENETICALLY MODIFIED
HUMANS AND WHAT, I WANT TO BE CLEAR. THE INTENTION OF THE SCIENTISTS
HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CREATING SUPERIOR HUMANS. THEY GENUINELY WANT TO ALTER AND
EMBRYOS A GENETIC MAKEUP TO PREVENT VERY SERIOUS ILLNESSES
AND DISEASES IN THE FUTURE. FOR INSTANCE, JUST TO GIVE YOU A
SPECIFIC EXAMPLE, THERE IS THE BRCA GENE AND THAT IS THE
ONE THAT COULD LEAD TO BREAST CANCER PROSTATE CANCER IF
IT IS SOMETHING THAT HEREDITARY. SO IF YOU HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER
WHO HAD THAT TYPE OF CANCER AND YOU HAVE THAT SPECIFIC GENE, YOU
ARE LIKELY OR YOU HAVE A HIGHER LIKELIHOOD TO ALSO GET CANCER
LATER IN YOUR LIFE, AND SO THROUGH THIS RESEARCH, THEY ARE
HOPING THAT THEY CAN OPEN ALTER THAT GENE IN AN EMBRYO IN ORDER
TO PREVENT THAT INDIVIDUAL FROM HAVING THAT TYPE OF CANCER LATER
ON IN HIS OR HER LIFE. I THINK THAT THEIR INTENTIONS
ARE TO THINK THEIR INTENTIONS ARE GREAT, BUT IS
THERE THE POTENTIAL OF A SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGH BEING
ABUSE IN THE FUTURE? OF COURSE. JUST LIKE TECHNOLOGICAL
ADVANCEMENTS. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO BE
SUPER CLEAR. I LOVE THE SCIENTISTS. AS AN ATHEIST, LET ME JUST SAY,
THEY ARE DOING GOD’S WORK. THIS IS AN AMAZING STUFF AND
THANK GOD FOR THEM. NO ONE MAY GIVE YOU A NOTE OF
CAUTION. THE DIRECTOR FOR THE SENATOR
CENTER OF GENETICS AND SOCIETY SAY I THINK IT’S A
EXTRAORDINARILY DISTURBING. IT’S A FLAGRANT DISREGARD FOR
CALLS FOR BROAD SOCIETAL CONSISTENCE IN DECISIONS ABOUT A
REALLY MOMENTOUS TECHNOLOGY THAT COULD BE USED FOR GOOD, BUT
IN THIS CASE IS BEING USED IN PREPARATION FOR AN
EXTRAORDINARILY RISKY APPLICATION. WE CAN DISAGREE ABOUT HOW
RISKY IT IS AN OBVIOUSLY EVENTUALLY THE FDA WILL PLAY A
PART OF THE PROCESS OF IMPROVING IT AND BOY IT WILL
HAVE TO GO THROUGH A SIGNIFICANT PROCESS, BUT IT DOES NOT MATTER
IF OUR FDA HAS CERTAIN RULES. AND A RED AS YOU. THEIR CHINESE, SOUTH KOREAN
RESEARCHERS DOING THIS. CHINA’S HAVING DIFFERENT. THEY
ALREADY TRYING IT. THEY ARE. KEEP IN MIND ALSO THAT HERE IN
THE UNITED STATES THERE ARE CERTAIN LAWS OR ORGANIZATIONS
WORKING TO PREVENT EXPERIMENTS INTO THIS. THERE IS THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES
OF HEALTH AND THERE IS ALSO THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION,
THE FDA AND THEY HAVE BANNED EXPERIENCE EXPERIMENTS
WITH EMBRYOS LIKE THIS. BUT IN THE UK, RESEARCHERS HAVE
BEEN GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT AND THEY ARE ABLE TO EXPLORE
AND EXPERIMENT AND TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHETHER OR NOT
THIS COULD BE A POTENTIAL BENEFIT FOR THE HUMAN RACE IN
THE FUTURE. BY THE WAY, SHE SAYS IT COULD
HAVE DISASTROUS CONSEQUENCES. THAT IS TRUE, BUT WE’RE MAKING A
VALUE JUDGMENT. IS IT DISASTROUS IF THERE ARE
BUNCH OF HUMANS OUT THERE THAT ARE STRONGER AND FASTER AND
SMARTER? MAYBE NOT DISASTROUS. BUT IF WE HAVE TWO DIFFERENT
KINDS OF HUMANS OUT THERE AND I KNOW I AM WAY OVER
SIMPLIFYING BECAUSE DON’T GET INTO WHETHER IT’S THE SAME
SPECIES OR NOT. THAT’S NOT IMPORTANT. WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS THAT
THEY’RE GENETICALLY MODIFIED. BUT, THE MINUTE YOU MODIFY
THE GENES FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS, IT DOES NOT MATTER YOU
DID IT FOR A GOOD REASON. THAT IS A GENETICALLY MODIFIED
PERSON. GENETICALLY MODIFIED DOESN’T
NECESSARILY MEAN BAD. WE’RE PUTTING VALUE JUDGMENTS ON
IT, BUT WE DO NOT KNOW. OF COURSE, THERE’S ALSO THE
CHANCE THAT ONCE YOU START PLAYING AROUND WITH THE GENES,
YOU MIGHT ACCIDENTALLY TRIGGER SOMETHING YOU DIDN’T
REALIZE. I THINK THAT IS ONE OF THE
FEARS AND ALSO, LOOKING WAY FORWARD IN THE FUTURE, LET’S SAY
THAT THIS TYPE OF MEDICAL ADVANCEMENT HAS BEEN TESTED,
PROVEN, IT IS SAFE AND PEOPLE HAVE THE OPTION OF USING
IT. WHAT ABOUT THE DISADVANTAGED? ARE THEY GOING TO HAVE ACCESS TO
THIS? WHO IS GOING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE
OF SUPER BABIES? IT IS GOING TO BE THE WEALTHY. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE
IMPLICATIONS AND I KNOW IT IS A LITTLE FURTHER DOWN THE
ROAD, BUT IT’S NOT THAT FAR DOWN THE ROAD BECAUSE
TECHNOLOGY IS MOVING AT 100 MILES AN HOUR AND WE CAN ALREADY
DO IT INSIDE EMBRYOS. THIS IS NOW GETTING CLOSER AND
CLOSER TO REALITY. THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN OUR
LIFETIMES. IF IT TURNS OUT ONLY THE RICH
CAN AFFORD IT, THEN THE RICH HAVE THE SUPERHUMANS AND THE
MIDDLE CLASS AND THE POOR DON’T. I AM NOT KIDDING. THEN WHAT HAPPENS IF THE
SUPERHUMANS ARE REALLY SUPERHUMAN. WHO CARES ABOUT HOW FAST AND
STRONG THEY ARE. THEY HAVE MORE
NBA PLAYERS, WHO CARES? WHAT IF THEY’RE REALLY SMART. I KNOW I AM WAY OVER
SIMPLIFYING FOR THE 18TH TIME BUT YOU KNOW HOW WE VIEW
ANTS. WHO CARES. DON’T DO THAT, BY THE WAY. ANIMALS ARE INNOCENT. WHAT THEY VIEW US LIKE COWS. WHATEVER, MAN. IT IS EXPENDABLE. IF IT IS A REAL JUMP AND
AN INCREASE IN INTELLIGENCE OR SOMETHING ELSE
THAT IS EXPOTENTIAL INCREASED, OH BOY. THAT IS GOING TO GET SUPER
INTERESTING AND THERE MIGHT BE SOME GOOD IN THERE. THERE COULD BE SOME BAD, BUT IF
YOU DIDN’T LIKE GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS, WAIT UNTIL
YOU GET A LOAD OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED HUMANS.

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