Genetic engineering and individuality

Andrew Hessel, Tara Hunt, Chris Messina and I were chatting about biotechnology and open source. Andrew mentioned DNA vaccines, which can stimulate the production of antibodies – so some cells do pick up new genetic material and do something with them, and scientists haven’t quite figured out how that works yet. He went on to say that if biotech really took off, we probably wouldn’t see the creation of a homogenous master race, but rather an explosion of biodiversity. Imagine all the people who want to have horns or blue skin or whatever else… =)

I thought that was an interesting idea. <grin> Along the lines of self-modification: I probably wouldn’t hack anything externally, but a better memory would be really cool.

Random Japanese sentence: 大まかに言って、犬は猫より忠実だ。 Broadly speaking, dogs are more faithful than cats.