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Attitudes to life extension via genetic engineering (fwd)

Don Ashley dashley at TENET.EDU
Tue Feb 14 00:49:34 EST 1995


Thank you for your insight; especially the conclusion that 
we will not have too many concerns about overpopulation.

The 20% is also an interesting quantification.


On 14 Feb 1995, Harry J. Banaharis wrote:

> It is a facet of man's evolution that he will soon be able to tamper with
> that evolution. Although the process of immortalization may be gradual, ie
> initially we will have the capacity to deal with any disease whether
> inherent or induced, this may increase human lifespan by up to 20%. This
> will be followed by genetic modification/enhancement which will deal with
> ageing on a molecular level (once we are able to understand the
> mechanics). Interesting research is being performed with the enzyme
> telomerase which is predominantly found in immortal cells - cells which
> have become malignant or in germ lines (cells of the testes and ovaries). 
> It may not be for quite some time when man actually changes as a species
> by changing his own genome so radically that he becomes immortal as well
> as host of other enhancements such as resistance to high levels of
> radiation, temperature extremes, gravitational fluxuations and other
> concerns of long term spaceflight. 
> And therein lies the key: if molecular biology technology progresses at a
> similar rate to space sciences and physics which should culmiinate in
> planetary migration we will not have too many concerns about
> overpopulation.
> -- 
> Harry J. Banaharis 
> bioware at ozonline.com.au

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