Chinese scientists are revealing that gene editing tools like CRISPR can modify human embryos and can increase lifespan.
Clustered regularly-interspaced short palindromic repeats (abbreviated as CRISPR, pronounced crisper) are segments of prokaryotic DNA containing short repetitions of base sequences. Each repetition is followed by short segments of “spacer DNA” from previous exposures to a bacterial virus or plasmid.
CRISPR can eradicate diseases with somatic cell therapy and germ line editing. This modification promotes the multiplication of new cells and increases the life span of the human body.
CRISPR spade into the cell nucleus and judiciously “manipulate DNA”. It further catches on embryos, sperms and eggs which lead to DNA replication and can make changes permanently.
The tool has a cell repair mechanism which has been compared to molecular scissors. It helps add a new piece of DNA and can slash age-related health disorders like cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. This breakthrough could edit the appearance of babies.
Transhumanist scientists are deeply working on nullifying genes” which are leading to age-related problems but deciding which gene to be knocked out is still a mystery.
Transhumanism (abbreviated as H+ or h+) is an international and intellectual movement that aims to transform the human condition by developing and creating widely available sophisticated technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities. Transhumanist thinkers study the potential benefits and dangers of emerging technologies that could overcome fundamental human limitations, as well as the ethics of using such technologies. The most common thesis is that human beings may eventually be able to transform themselves into different beings with abilities so greatly expanded from the natural condition as to merit the label of posthuman beings.
There are several other gene editing tools like Zinc Finger Nuclease and Talen which can prevent ageing and can make you immortal.
Now researchers are tickling their grey matter to deal with gene disorders like sickle cell anaemia and cystic fibrosis, using the same gene editing method.