|Growing new parts
|Tue, 30 Jun 1998 13:07:42 +0100
material regarding "Vat grown" body parts.
Today we can clone creatures. Exact replicas of living creatures. (I'll
leave it to Pete to argue about cloning extinct species..) ;) Oh and
it is possible to clone dinosaurs. I know it is, and can prove it.
Pete is a living example of this tech (unless he really is a survivor of
Now, if SR tech can grow body parts for replacement, and a Platinum
contract with Doc Wagon certainly seems to hint they store body parts
for their clients. Is it not possible to clone people? I don't mean
accelerated growth cloning, there is the intelligence factor and brain
development to take into consideration there. An accelerated clone
would be pretty much a vegetable, but.
Military. Special services etc.
What is there to stop the military from using DNA from their best
soldiers, and cloning them. Thousands of super warriors all waiting to
be born from tanks/vats/whatever. This could also be turned towards
other things. Thinking of Bladerunner and Space: Above and Beyond here
where clones undergo conditioning, special treatment. They are designed
to fight wars, work in places that are unsafe for "normal" people, and
other purposes such as exploration and hostile environment application.
They are instantly disposable (maybe the clone doesn't think so, but
they are not real people, they're grown - so not yet recognised, much
like slavery of the past.)
I don't want to get into the political ramifications of cloning, but the
possibility and application of cloning.
Take into that the genetic alteration of food crops in the US, could
this be the answer to starvation and world hunger? Why is meat such a
luxury in Shadowrun when we can clone sheep and cows, and chickens
Well you get the picture. Yes I know BBB2 was released before genetic
cloning was proved to be possible, but there have been sourcebooks since
then that haven't addressed this side of human achievement.
Also, isn't there a damn good chance that Aztechnology, Saeder Krupp,
Renraku would be aggressive enough to pursue human cloning regarding of
any laws that are ratified in the current Congress - not that anything
the American's make illegal affects the rest of the world anyway. <grin>
Ideas and opinions?
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