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Postby Billtcm » Thu May 19, 2005 10:53 pm

Hey I've got a few questions about genetic engineering. I'm asking these questions in the context that if you changed the genes of a newborn or someone that hasn't been born(if that's even possible), not an adult.

-Could you increase attributes such as intelligence? If so by how much, and when would this be possible?
-The Cost of cloning a human now is pretty expensive as the so called "cloning companies" say(they say couples pay 50 to 500 thousand dollars), and of course extremelly dangerous(low mortality rate). How dangerous and expensive would genetic engineering a child or a fetus be?
-Will it be possible to speed up the aging process one day? And if yes when?

These have been floating around my head for awhile, and I guess with the star wars movie that came out the whole "clone army" thing has popped into my head again and I was wondering if it would be a possibilty in our lifetime. Thanks guys -Billtcm
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Postby mith » Fri May 20, 2005 12:28 am

1.Intelligence or the ability to learn would require very advanced knowlegde....I don't think it'll be possible in the forseeable future. On the other hand, better memory is on the horizon.

2.See the thread on in vivo gene therapy.
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Postby MrMistery » Fri May 20, 2005 6:36 pm

That thing with boosting someone's intelligence won't happen for another 200 years i think.. Maybe even more
-Will it be possible to speed up the aging process one day? And if yes when?

You can not ask when wll this be possible. I may tell now that in 50 years and tomorow some guy could go on TV saying he had done it. Since it hasn't been discovered we really donot know. By the way, what do you mean "speed up the aging process"? Do you want to get older faster? What good will that do you?
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Postby mith » Fri May 20, 2005 6:39 pm

He's referring to the star wars movie. They made fast maturing(ageing) clones for armies.
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Postby MrMistery » Fri May 20, 2005 6:43 pm

Ok, i believe you. I haven't seen star wars. It is a thought, but how would you stop the clone from growing old?
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Postby mith » Fri May 20, 2005 6:48 pm

You don't, they're expendable(soldiers)
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Postby Billtcm » Fri May 20, 2005 7:22 pm

Thanks guys I appreciate the answers, have a great weekend too
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