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Topic: Genetic Tech made cheap and easy

From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: 10/06/2008

Greg:

Just saw this over on Nature:

http://www.nature.com/news/2008/081006/full/news.2008.1151.html

I'm guessing you might already be hip to this, or might not. But thought I needed to pass this on in regards to what you said you might be working on back at your San Diego Talk.

Re: Genetic Tech made cheap and easy

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/06/2008

Progress! Very cool technology. I believe the next step in sequencing personal genomes will tell us the on/off or modified expression status of various genes--the epigenetic information, which is affected by environment and passed along to later generations. Could be crucial to undestanding whether or not genetic defects and diseases are relevant to the individual.

Re: Genetic Tech made cheap and easy

From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: 10/07/2008

And this just in on bacteria, viruses and nanotech:

http://www.nature.com/news/2008/081007/full/news.2008.1157.html

Re: Genetic Tech made cheap and easy

From: patrick
Location:
Date: 10/10/2008

Yes, we will all eventually be assimilated. I'm curious.

Re: Genetic Tech made cheap and easy

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/13/2008

*Will* be?

Re: Genetic Tech made cheap and easy

From: patrick
Location:
Date: 10/16/2008

You saying we already have been? If so, I could see that, in that we always have been part of a biological phenomenon or what-have-you.

Or do you you mean is it certain?...in which case, I'm indicating I think it's highly likely there will be some kind of new entity at a mid level that we'll be components of.

Re: Genetic Tech made cheap and easy

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/16/2008

Humans are social animals. We rarely get insight into the larger-scale vagaries of the larger social mind, but it surely affects us... And directs us. Why else do we have consciences and guilt?

Re: Genetic Tech made cheap and easy

From: patrick
Location:
Date: 10/24/2008

Dude. I don't. I think there are different levels of function and the one you mention is a lower level. Spiral Dynamics/Holonic theory, in it's basis, is a good description of this. (Although, I've found inconsistencies with Ken Wilber himself, and hence have appropriated useful devices from his output, leaving the rest.)

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