Natural Selection, CRISPR and the Future of a Mutant Enhanced Humanity

Natural Selection, CRISPR and Human Genetic Enhancement
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Darwin’s natural selection has been one of the basic pieces of evolution for thousands of years. Today breakthroughs in AI, Biology, and Genetics have allowed for the changing of DNA – human and beast. WHAT NEXT?

Natural Selection

Natural selection is the survival and reproduction of species with differences in the observable traits.  A natural change in the heritable traits over generations. That can all change with our ability to manipulate the gene code by artificial selection. What will be natural or not natural 10, 20 or 50 years from now?

CRISPR – Next Generation DNA Sequencing

Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) is a technology tool for editing genomes. This genetic variation in humans makes up only about 0.001 percent of our DNA. This small variation still provides differences in our appearance and health. 

CRISPR applications include correcting genetic defects, or treating and stopping the spread of diseases. Who decides the changes allowed or even the selection of who gets the genetic upgrade?

Genetic modification has been performed on crops for centuries without much hoopla. Now that human biologic enhancement is possible – WHAT NOW?

Mutant Enhanced Humanity

The movie screen has entertained us with the first x-men series in July of 2000. These Superhuman mutants, enhanced with superpowers and saving the world, have thrilled us for two decades. Could “life be imitating art” soon?

Take care, thanks for reading this far and do great things in 2020!