Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Synthetic Human Design (part 2)

Marcy Darnovsky, the executive director of the Center for Genetics and Society in Berkeley, California, expressed concerns about the Harvard gathering, stating, “If these reports are accurate, the meeting looks like a move to privatize the current conversation about heritable genetic modification.” Hank Greely, director of Stanford's Center for Law and Biosciences, stated that Genomics is “in the middle of four revolutions: sequencing, editing, synthesizing, and understanding.” He asserts that the crucial question about the human genome is “what changes are made, with what results?” With new production techniques, the cost of assembling the entire human genome has fallen from $12 billion to $90 million. If cost reductions continue as projected, in only two decades it might be as low as $100,000, making the concept of “designer children” and “super soldiers” a realistic and affordable possibility.

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