As a scifi and futuristic writer, this article from the New York Times caught my eye yesterday. Human Gene Editing Receives Science Panel’s Support. As with many scientific and technological advances, this begins with a higher moral purpose of combating genetic and hereditary “imperfections.” But as a writer, of course, and the state of the world being what it is in a broader sense, one can only wonder and imagine how the possibilities might become warped and criminalized in a future, or even a present day, of imaginings. Although that has certainly been addressed in numerous movies and books beginning at a time when this wasn’t even a glimmer in the eye.
Going back, one of my favorite horror movie themes and book is, of course, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, when we talk about modification to the human condition. Currently, I’ m reading an interesting take on evolution, The Red Queen, Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature by Matt Ridley.
Writing spark twists are firing up. Time to start mapping some what-ifs. Slot this right in there with cloning and the like for research and follow-up. Slipping in the possibilities of corporations patenting manufactured DNA strings, etc., etc. It’s a good thing I love research and relish spinning the what-ifs.