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Attitudes to life extension via genetic engineering

Patrick O'Neil patrick at corona
Thu Feb 16 10:50:18 EST 1995

On Thu, 16 Feb 1995, Robert Luly wrote:

> I have a simple computer program that I got from somewhere that allows 
> you to vary different peramiters and see the effect on a breeding population.
> An interesting thing you can do is delay the age of PUBERTY and see its 
> effect over 1000 years. If you go too far the species goes EXTINCT.
> Could this be a "harmless birth control???
> Luly

It could certainly help but think of what this would mean in terms of you 
as a parent.  You would be taking care of your children for however long 
it took for them to mature.  Instead of 18 to 22 years of rearing per 
child, you could end up with 20 to 30 years of parenting per child.  Of 
course, such a daunting reality might itself lead to a lower birthrate as 
people who couldn't handle the extra time opted out of having kids.

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