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    A new laboratory technique enables biologists to “edit” the genetic makeup of entire species for purposes ranging from the benevolent to the nefarious, with the “potential to cause ecological mayhem,” Antonio Regalado reports in MIT Technology Review.

    “Gene drive,” Regalado writes in a review of current articles on the topic, “would cause chosen genes, including man-made ones, to quickly spread through a species as its members reproduce.” He cites a new report in Science that gives background on the method:

    [A] gene drive involves stimulating biased inheritance of particular genes to alter entire populations of organisms. It was first proposed more than a decade ago, and researchers have been developing gene drive approaches to alter mosquitoes to slow the spread of malaria and dengue fever. Although progress has been quite slow, recent advances in gene editing could lead to a rapid application of gene drive approaches to other species.

    Researchers have already used the method to design mosquitos that produce only male offspring “with the idea of releasing them in the wild to cause a population crash, thereby reducing malaria,” Regalado explains. Any number of other ends could be imagined.

    http://www.truthdig.com/eartothegrou..._urge_20140719

    Quite frankly, these people are insane.

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    I see what you did there! bravo

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Rohirrim View Post
      A new laboratory technique enables biologists to “edit” the genetic makeup of entire species for purposes ranging from the benevolent to the nefarious, with the “potential to cause ecological mayhem,” Antonio Regalado reports in MIT Technology Review.

      “Gene drive,” Regalado writes in a review of current articles on the topic, “would cause chosen genes, including man-made ones, to quickly spread through a species as its members reproduce.” He cites a new report in Science that gives background on the method:

      [A] gene drive involves stimulating biased inheritance of particular genes to alter entire populations of organisms. It was first proposed more than a decade ago, and researchers have been developing gene drive approaches to alter mosquitoes to slow the spread of malaria and dengue fever. Although progress has been quite slow, recent advances in gene editing could lead to a rapid application of gene drive approaches to other species.

      Researchers have already used the method to design mosquitos that produce only male offspring “with the idea of releasing them in the wild to cause a population crash, thereby reducing malaria,” Regalado explains. Any number of other ends could be imagined.

      http://www.truthdig.com/eartothegrou..._urge_20140719

      Quite frankly, these people are insane.
      All part of the "End Times"

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      • #4
        Whether you believe in God or in billions of years of evolution, mankind is not smarter than either of these means of species development. We should really take a step back on certain types of genetic engineering, not abandon them, but just because we can do something doesn't mean we should. Even if it would help with a short-term problem, altering these organisms can have unforeseen effects.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by chanesaw View Post
          Whether you believe in God or in billions of years of evolution, mankind is not smarter than either of these means of species development. We should really take a step back on certain types of genetic engineering, not abandon them, but just because we can do something doesn't mean we should. Even if it would help with a short-term problem, altering these organisms can have unforeseen effects.
          That's what I'm saying. We have no idea how the whole thing fits together. I figure nature has been using evolution to work on species for hundreds of millions of years, and we're just going to step in and start monkeying around with the machinery? I don't think so.

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          • #6
            This is going to end badly. Some asshole is going to end up with a crazy idea of re-working the human genome and **** civilization over.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BroncoMan4ever View Post
              This is going to end badly. Some a-hole is going to end up with a crazy idea of re-working the human genome and **** civilization over.
              It has already happening in the plant world. Do some reading up on GMOs. There are also some great documentaries, many are on NetFlix.

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              • #8
                Your precious science starting to scare you?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by cutthemdown View Post
                  Your precious science starting to scare you?
                  Compared to superstition? Nope.

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                  • #10
                    Never give a monkey a loaded gun.

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                    • #11
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                      Last edited by baja; 07-20-2014, 10:01 AM.

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                      • #12
                        gene mapping is the PC term for genocide... just watch. In about 20 years you will have people wanting to create super humans with the justification that this will help the quality of life. But all this will do is give "civilization" the excuse to abort even more babies because they don't live up to certain criteria. This is just the next step in what the Nazis were trying to do back in 1940.

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                        • #13
                          Frankly if we can initiate the next holocaust on mosquitos then I volunteer my back yard as ground zero.

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                          • #14
                            They say if you take vitamin B complex the mosquitos will leave you alone

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by baja View Post
                              They say if you take vitamin B complex the mosquitos will leave you alone
                              They are liars - I take MVI and B vitamins and mosquitos swarm me like moths to the flame

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