Genetic modification can be applied to humans, too. Though “gene therapy” is in its infancy, it holds great promise.
As remarkable as the human body seems, it is inherently prone to a myriad of malfunctions, some of which are genetically driven. Some individuals already meet or exceed society’s concepts of the ideal physique or intelligence.
These handsome, strong, smart, curvaceous over-achievers enjoy special social privileges such as better jobs, better incomes, greater prestige.
What if prospective parents could select the pro quarterback prototype, or the gifted actress package? What if they could pre-select a skin color? Why would that hurt anybody? It wouldn’t eliminate competition, as beautiful people would still vie with each other for maximum socioeconomic advantage.
As we learn how to synthesize new, never-before-seen genes, or just upgrade genes for traits now seen only in other species, this could get a whole lot freakier. Humans with gills and webbed digits? Extra arms? Smarter brains? Tolerance for extended stays in zero gravity?
Knowledge is growing exponentially. Ninety percent of all data ever generated by humans materialized during the past two years. As we learn to comprehend and apply this data, tomorrow’s realities will seem as strange as space travel would’ve to the Wright brothers.
More than genetics are involved when it comes to redefining what it means to be human. When nanotechnology and computer science also mature, we’ll face the advent of the Transhuman Age….
By Jon Hauxwell, MD – SkyWatchTV.com –