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Erik Seedhouse's Beyond Human: Engineering Our Future Evolution (Science and PDF

By Erik Seedhouse

ISBN-10: 3662435268

ISBN-13: 9783662435267

Past Human is an informative and available consultant for all these drawn to the constructing sciences of genetic engineering, bioprinting, and human cloning. Illustrating the guidelines just about famous technology fiction motion pictures and novels, the writer offers a different perception into and realizing of ways genetic manipulation, cloning, and different novel bio-technologies will someday let us remodel our species. It additionally addresses the valid issues approximately “playing God”, whereas even as embracing the gains of the clinical trajectory that would bring about our transhuman destiny.

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The genes in the cells that make up Bolt’s legs were encoded with special instructions to build up lots of fast-twitch fiber muscles (see later in this paragraph), giving his legs that phenomenal explosive power out of the blocks. Now contrast Bolt’s genetic make-up with that of double Olympic Gold Medallist Mo Farah, #SJUBJOTUPQEJTUBODFSVOOFSPWFSBOE
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BDPNQBOZUIBUDMBJNTUPCFBCMFUP reveal your athletic predispositions. Well, some of them at any rate. com) began selling a $149 test in December 2008 that could screen for variants of the gene ACTN3, which, in elite athletes, is associated with the presence of the protein that helps the body produce fast-twitch muscle fibers. Sounds promising. The only problem is that research hasn’t determined exactly how the protein affects muscle function in humans.

The death of 18-year-old Jesse Gelsinger occurred while he was taking part in a gene therapy study for a rare metabolic disorder he had suffered since birth, as a result of rules of conduct being broken that would probably otherwise have prevented him from participating in the trial. The therapy was presented to his parents as safe and, while Jesse didn’t count on personally benefiting from the treatment—he agreed to the treatment mostly to help other youngsters—he didn’t expect to die. Gelsinger’s death brought to light the dark side of gene therapy, which, in common with so many other experimental treatments, has the power to harm as well as help.

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