Improving on Perfection
This week, 50 years ago, a paper was published by Francis Crick and James Watson in the journal ‘Nature’. The information that these boffins put forth in the paper was to revolutionize the fields of Biology and Medicine as it contained a breakthrough in revealing how genetic information is passed down from generation to generation.
To mark this anniversary of the publishing a pride of boffins (yes, I’ve decided that a gathering of boffins will be called a ‘pride’ – and yes, it was a toss up between that and ‘gaggle’) gathered in London to discuss the future of genetics. During these celebrations, which no doubt consisted of people with wire rimmed glasses standing about discussing their appreciation for warm jumpers and Douglas Adams, it was revealed that the pioneers of this research believe that humans will begin to genetically enhance themselves – and their unborn children – in the next 50 years.
This revelation of course set off alarm bells in the head of yours truly: Given the option of genetically enhancing ones self and without getting all x-men or going too far below the belt where would you start!?
source: new scientist