|Originally posted by 0100306660SAS |
my brother studied genetics.
genetic modification just like anything else in this society, is trial and error.
they try to modify the genes by using different chemicals to cause a permanent modification in the DNA of a cell or multiple cells.
when they get the results they are looking for, they label them.
they do not know anything about DNA, the consequences of the modifications, or how DNA is actually modified.
its trial and error. a method for a means.
then some guy writes an idealism view of how he thinks genetic modification works, and no one argues against him, because there is "positive results" in that field.
Believe me, in the scientific world there are plenty of opposing forces, but as far as the consequences for modification go, you're correct. To be sure that a substance does not cause harm in the long run, it needs to withstand the test of time. I took it up a while ago with my professor who's a specialist on immunology and he said, the following:
| fixing mutant genes, raises the same problems as in the treatment of cancer..All the current epigenetic substances officially used in therapy (probably two or three..) are nonspecific and potentially toxic, targeting other genes as well. |
The original question was: Why can't we block genes which we have proof predispose towards psychiatric illnesses.