Regenerative Medicine and Human Genetic Modification

Regenerative Medicine and Human Genetic Modification

by Ed Gaskin


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781500523718
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/16/2014
Pages: 142
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Ed Gaskin helped develop the business plans for Geron Corporation, a pioneer in anti-aging research using embryonic stem cells, therapeutic cloning and telomerase inhibition, Origen Therapeutics where he was a board member, and Cyagra, LLC. He was a consultant to Advanced Cell Technology, and was on their IRB board. He was part of the life sciences practice at Deloitte Consulting where he was the lead advisor for companies such as Parexel International. He has done consulting engagements for companies ranging from Kaiser Permanente and Harvard Community Health to IBM's health care practice. His focus is on the future of health care, new ventures, innovation, and disruption in health care and life sciences. He has a Master of Science in Management degree from MIT's Sloan School of Management and a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where his focus was on contemporary theology and ethics.

We have the ability to genetically modify humans with genetic code from plants, insects and animals to provide humans functionality that has never existed, such as night vision, or sonar. We could create novel characteristics that previously only comic book superheroes or villains had. We have the ability to self-direct the evolution of the human species. We have the ability to program our human genetic code, in a similar way to how we program computers to develop apps for a smartphone. We can use this technology to treat chronic, genetic and even infectious diseases. This ability to treat disease or enhance human characteristics will revolutionize biotech in the same way digital technology has changed the world in the last 15 years. There are dangers. Genetic code can be "hacked," and "gene doping" is possible. "I believe we should have a national discussion on this topic." says Ed Gaskin.

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