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Attitudes to life extension via genetic engineering

Brian Rauchfuss - PCD brauchfu at fiw149.fm.intel.com
Wed Feb 15 13:36:39 EST 1995

In article <518812340wnr at longevb.demon.co.uk>,
John de Rivaz <John at longevb.demon.co.uk> wrote:
>I have been asked to gather information on attitudes of optimism and 
>resistance to life extension by genetic programming. 

Current attitudes seem somewhat negative in regards to genetic programming
for any purpose, but I think these are changing.  There is much research on 
genetic programming for curing diseases, and this seems acceptable to everyone
except the most radical fringe.  Once you are using it for disease prevention,
I think it is only a small step (attitude-wise) to using it for life-extension.
There may always be dislike of genetic programming for cosmetic or "designer
kid" purposes, but life-extension is serious enough and simular enough to 
curing a life-threatening disease that it will probably be acceptable.

Brian Rauchfuss (Smokefoot)	"I never knew I could change my life,
brauchfu at pcocd2.intel.com 	like the artist paints his dreams on 
				a canvas"  -  Minor Detail

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