12th October 2010 - 06:11 AM
What do you think is in store for humans regarding genetic technologies in the future, and why do you think that?
15th October 2010 - 04:17 PM
Well, genetic technologies will only first be viable for 'one function' genes. By that, I mean individual genes that do something predictable.
One of our current sticking points is the insertion of genes: we cannot fully control where a gene is integrated.
I think that first we'll see genetic modification of transplanted tissues. Then we'll move to trying to use genetic therapy using injections of vectors. Genetic modification of infants won't happen for a decent while, I'll assume.
As we learn more about the interplay in complex genetic factors, we'll probably modify genes using those technologies in the same timeline. I.e., we'll modify transplanted tissues first.
Genetics is becoming an information technology, and so we really could use more people in the field.