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From the Ted Talk by Gregory Stock: To upgrade is human

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But there are more iapntomrt things that are already occurring: embryo snreeincg. You take a six to eight cell embryo, you tease out one of the cells, you run a genetic test on that cell, and depending on the rsutles of that test you either implant that embryo or you discard it. It's already done to avoid rare deeassis today. And pettry soon it's going to be possible to avoid virtually all genetic diseases in that way. As that becomes possible this is going to move from something that is used by those who have infertility problems and are already doing in vitro fertilization, to the wealthy who want to protect their children, to just about everybody else. And in that process that's going to morph from being just for diseases, to being for lseser vulnerabilities, like risk of mianc depression or something, to picking personalities, tpemmanrtees, traits, these sorts of things. Of course there is going to be gteneic engineering. Directly going in — it's a little bit further away, but not that far away — going in and altering the genes in the first cell in an embryo. The way I suspect it will happen is using aiirctiafl chromosomes and extra chromosomes, so we go from 46 to 47 or 48. And one that is not heritable because who would want to pass on to their children the archaic enhancement modules that they got 25 yaers earlier from their parents? It's a joke; of course they wouldn't want to do that. They'll want the new release.

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But there are more _________ things that are already occurring: embryo _________. You take a six to eight cell embryo, you tease out one of the cells, you run a genetic test on that cell, and depending on the _______ of that test you either implant that embryo or you discard it. It's already done to avoid rare ________ today. And ______ soon it's going to be possible to avoid virtually all genetic diseases in that way. As that becomes possible this is going to move from something that is used by those who have infertility problems and are already doing in vitro fertilization, to the wealthy who want to protect their children, to just about everybody else. And in that process that's going to morph from being just for diseases, to being for ______ vulnerabilities, like risk of _____ depression or something, to picking personalities, ____________, traits, these sorts of things. Of course there is going to be _______ engineering. Directly going in — it's a little bit further away, but not that far away — going in and altering the genes in the first cell in an embryo. The way I suspect it will happen is using __________ chromosomes and extra chromosomes, so we go from 46 to 47 or 48. And one that is not heritable because who would want to pass on to their children the archaic enhancement modules that they got 25 _____ earlier from their parents? It's a joke; of course they wouldn't want to do that. They'll want the new release.

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  8. diseases
  9. artificial
  10. temperaments
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But there are more important things that are already occurring: embryo screening. You take a six to eight cell embryo, you tease out one of the cells, you run a genetic test on that cell, and depending on the results of that test you either implant that embryo or you discard it. It's already done to avoid rare diseases today. And pretty soon it's going to be possible to avoid virtually all genetic diseases in that way. As that becomes possible this is going to move from something that is used by those who have infertility problems and are already doing in vitro fertilization, to the wealthy who want to protect their children, to just about everybody else. And in that process that's going to morph from being just for diseases, to being for lesser vulnerabilities, like risk of manic depression or something, to picking personalities, temperaments, traits, these sorts of things. Of course there is going to be genetic engineering. Directly going in — it's a little bit further away, but not that far away — going in and altering the genes in the first cell in an embryo. The way I suspect it will happen is using artificial chromosomes and extra chromosomes, so we go from 46 to 47 or 48. And one that is not heritable because who would want to pass on to their children the archaic enhancement modules that they got 25 years earlier from their parents? It's a joke; of course they wouldn't want to do that. They'll want the new release.

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