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From the Ted Talk by Harvey Fineberg: Are we ready for neo-evolution?

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These are all reality today, and [in] the ______, will be evermore possible. _______ then just two other little changes. You can change the cells in your body, but what if you could change the _____ in your offspring? What if you could change the sperm and the ova, or ______ the newly fertilized egg, and give your offspring a better chance at a _________ life — eliminate the diabetes, eliminate the __________, ______ the risk of cancer? Who doesn't want healthier children? And then, that same analytic __________, that same engine of science that can produce the changes to prevent disease, will also enable us to _____ super-attributes, hyper-capacities — that better memory. Why not have the quick wit of a Ken Jennings, especially if you can augment it with the next generation of the Watson machine? Why not have the quick twitch muscle that will enable you to run faster and longer? Why not live longer? These will be irresistible.

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  2. healthier
  3. change
  4. future
  5. cells
  6. imagine
  7. technology
  8. hemophilia
  9. adopt

Original Text

These are all reality today, and [in] the future, will be evermore possible. Imagine then just two other little changes. You can change the cells in your body, but what if you could change the cells in your offspring? What if you could change the sperm and the ova, or change the newly fertilized egg, and give your offspring a better chance at a healthier life — eliminate the diabetes, eliminate the hemophilia, reduce the risk of cancer? Who doesn't want healthier children? And then, that same analytic technology, that same engine of science that can produce the changes to prevent disease, will also enable us to adopt super-attributes, hyper-capacities — that better memory. Why not have the quick wit of a Ken Jennings, especially if you can augment it with the next generation of the Watson machine? Why not have the quick twitch muscle that will enable you to run faster and longer? Why not live longer? These will be irresistible.

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