[ExI] that's not true!

Stephen Van Sickle sjv2006 at gmail.com
Sat Nov 26 00:41:11 UTC 2016

I don't believe that was germ-line engineering.  They only modified immune
cells.  But still exciting progress.


On Fri, Nov 25, 2016 at 8:51 AM, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:

> Some of you were around for Extro4, that extropian schmooze Natasha and Max
> organized in about 1999 at Berkeley.
> A number of speakers were having a panel discussion in which one biologist
> made a comment about germline DNA modification being out of our reach and
> would be impossible forever.  At that moment a lone voice from the back of
> the auditorium shouted THAT'S NOT TRUE!  Up stood Robert Bradbury, who made
> the case that such a technology is eventually going to be reality and part
> of the medics' arsenal.  Bradbury and the expert debated back and forth
> across this auditorium.  Afterwards I watched the crowds gather around both
> speakers.  It was clear enough to me that the biology hipsters present
> believed Robert's version of the future.
> According to this article, the Chinese have made Bradbury's vision reality:
> http://singularityhub.com/2016/11/18/lung-cancer-
> patient-first-to-undergo-cr
> ispr-gene-editing/?utm_source=Singularity+Hub+Newsletter&
> utm_campaign=fb62de
> 8787-Hub_Weekly_Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_
> f0cf60cdae-fb62de8787
> -57458369
> Cool!
> So tragic it is that Robert lived 5 years too short to see this.
> Now all of yas, put away the recreational pharmaceuticals, exercise, eat
> light, live right, sleep in your own bed every night, live long enough to
> see coming to fruition your favorite technological vision!  And if you
> don't, make arrangements to preserve your connectome!  We have tech to live
> for.
> spike
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