Right on the heels of finishing Michael Crichton’s last book, NEXT – which deals with the future of genetic research – I read an article in Utne describing how a California company has developed a Hypoallergenic cat. You got it right – for $3,950 you can buy a genetically modified cat that does not produce the glycoprotein responsible for itchy eyes, sneezing, and hives. Note that for that price they will not guarantee that the cat will lead a healthy life.
Yikes…what’s next after that? Genetically engineered sharpshooters, genetically designed actors, genetically enhanced football players? How about genetically designed preachers? No that’s not going to work, those guys already think that they are the end of evolution…
Thankfully there are also good applications of genetic research such as this clinic that treats Anhedonia:
Or this one – where a company has preserved the gene for blondes – which are expected to become extinct in the next 200 years.