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Attitudes to life extension via genetic engineering

Patrick O'Neil patrick at corona
Tue Feb 14 18:43:16 EST 1995

On 14 Feb 1995, Don Ashley wrote:

> Have you been reading our publications on the ramifications and benefits 
> of curing the 'old age disease'?  Your solutions to typical resistance 
> parallel what we have discussed in our groups.  
> It is highly refreshing to meet an independent thinker who does not think 
> like sheep.

Ah-hem.  I am hardly a "sheep."  I am a scientist who actually does
molecular biology research and, on top of that, some of the work involves
the much touted telomerase enzyme, aka, cancer research.  I actually think
about this stuff without letting personal emotional bias interfer.  Would
I LIKE to live twice as long?  Emphatically yes, BUT my personal
selfishness cannot EVER be allowed to cause greater harm to the people,
not the planet, as a whole.  I would rather live a natural, evolutionarily
determined span rather than act selfishly and hurt ALL other people and
the rest of the creatures that exist WITH us as a consequence, IGNORED, of
my life-extension tinkerings. 

There ARE consequences and homo sapiens cannot account for, nor control 
all of them.  Hell, we can't even control more than SOME of them.

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