October 23rd, 2014
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THE TRANSHUMANIST SCRAPBOOK: REGENERATION – AND OTHER THINGS – A STEP CLOSER… (WELL, AT LEAST IN MICE)

At one time, rodents -rats and mice – were excoriated by most of humanity for having been the carriers of deadly plagues, but perhaps now humanity may owe a tiny word of thanks to the lowly rodent; scientists have succeeded, for the first time ever, in reversing the aging process in a mammalian organ, and regenerating it:

Scientists Fully Regenerate Organ In Living Animal For The First Time

The method selected here was one of the four GRIN technologies – Genetics, Robotics, Information processing and Nanotechnologies – that are the favored tools in the transhumanist toolbox, and which my co-author Dr Scott D de Hart and I wrote about in our book Transhumanism: A Grimoire of Alchemical Agendas. At this juncture, it becomes rather easy to predict what the next steps in this ongoing technological transformation of culture might be(and a big thank you to Ms. P.H., a regular reader here, for finding this gem):

Biologists have built an artificial chromosome

These two articles, taken together, suggest the next steps in the technological tree leading to genuine rejuvenation and life-prolongation:

  1.  extension of the genetic technique used on the thymus in laboratory animals to other organs, and study of the processes of aging in each;
  2. extension of the technique to other life forms, including the human, and to veterinary medicine for possible agricultural use (if you were worried about GMOs, folks, think about that one for a moment, and the implications of constructing an artificial chromosome for patent law, and the way this has been exploited by the agribusiness companies);
  3. preliminary studies on what I have called – in other blogs on this topic – “combinatorial” uses of various technologies, stem cell methods, such as is exhibited in the first article, with nanotechnology, small machines, either organic or inorganic, to perform robotic tasks of cell repair (or, in the inevitable military applications, destruction).

The second article contains a warning however, and it is worth citing it extensively, for the careful reader will detect the dim echoes of the sort of overblown confidence we heard with the appearance of GMO crops:

“In this latest breakthrough, Jef Boeke and his team (including 60 undergrads!) at the New York University Langone Medical Center synthesized one of the 16 chromosomes of a standard brewer’s yeast cell. They did so after deleting superfluous genetic material, including repeated sections, “jumping genes,” and so-called junk DNA that doesn’t code for proteins — portions deemed not necessary for the yeast’s everyday survival.

“Importantly, unlike bacteria and viruses, yeast is a microorganism consisting of a single cell — what are called eukaryotes (they have a cell nucleus). This is important because plants and vertebrates have cells like these, including us humans. It’s an important proof-of-concept that’s most certainly applicable to our genetic constitutions. But it’ll be a while yet before this moves to the human sphere as our genome is considerably larger. We have over three billion base pairs, and they’re much harder to rebuild.

“But once this happens, we’ll be able to use this sort of biotech to do such things as increase human immune function, slow down the effects of aging or even boost our memory and intelligence. They could provide new forms of immunization, protecting against specific diseases like AIDS or certain cancers. And we could also be endowed with new capacities altogether, including the ability to see ultraviolet light, or navigation in the dark by a system of sonar similar to that employed by bats.”

We were, at one point, confidently assured that none of the genetic modifications in GMOs could ever “jump species” and show up in organisms that consumed them. After all, when we eat hamburgers, drumsticks, or fillets, we don’t turn into cows, chickens, turkeys, or fish… that is, until recently, when “by some unexplained mechanism,” it appears that in some cases this has inexplicably happened. Here, we’re being reassured that chopping out all that “junk DNA” doesn’t really matter, since yeast cells don’t really need it. This is an egregious arrogance, the sort of scientism for which science is quickly turning its back on its own principles; just because we don’t completely understand why the junk DNA is there, does not mean it’s not important, or that it may not perform some vital function we have not yet discovered. I suspect the higher up in the phylogenetic tree of life one goes, the more important this “junk” DNA may in fact become.

In any case, we need to be aware of this new impending technique, and what it’s implications are, before the corporations get ahold of it and see us another bill of goods about the harmlessness of their products and the techniques that created them. There needs to be here, as there was not with GMOs, a multitude of genuinely independent and inter-generational  tests over a prolonged period of time before such products would ever see the market. I am even bold to suggest that if the time frame for such tests does not make corporate investors squirm and squeal at the prospect that they will not see, in their lifetime, dividends on such research, that the tests are probably a sham, and inadequate.

Sorry boys, but that’s the consequence of your own lousy corporate science coming home to roost.

There’s more, of course, but that will have to wait for tomorrow.

See you on the flip side.

 

17 Responses to THE TRANSHUMANIST SCRAPBOOK: REGENERATION – AND OTHER THINGS – A STEP CLOSER… (WELL, AT LEAST IN MICE)

  1. Considering that the totality of human achievement (in this era) is based on 3% of our genome it may be worth while not junking the junk DNA. Ridiculous egoism as usual on the part of these idiots. Actually, a fruit fly is more evolved than us as it utilizes 11% of its genome.

  2. Junk DNA is what the so called scientist don’t know what they are so they throw them garbage can. Only when it’s to late they realize how important they really are. Why are our elites afraid of death do they know there is no afterlife or they have a confirmed ticket to HELL when they die. Boy these idiots lust for control knows no limits full spectrum ownership is all they dream about.

  3. http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/13/5606070/sperm-pass-trauma-symptoms-through-generations

    “A group of European researchers have discovered that early life traumatic events can alter a non-genetic mechanism governing gene expression in the sperm cells of adult mice. And they think that this finding, published today in Nature Neuroscience, explains why the offspring of these mice exhibit the same depressive-like behaviors that their parents do.”

    In light of these recent studies that indicate traits can be passed on in wholly new and poorly understood ways the GMO project looks to be more and more reckless and ill informed.

  4. This chromosome-by-chromosome, organ-by-organ approach is the exact opposite of the universe -and our local corner of it- as a force field in which everything is interdependent. In other words, deductive vs. inductive.
    On the one hand, for the Renaissance humanist, the depiction or “construction” of time, space and history took place by eliminating what was deemed to be superfluous, while retaining what had its proper analogical value. And other aspects were omitted not because somebody didn’t like them or couldn’t understand them, but because they were considered to be inept analogies.
    On the face of it, “growing” a fresh organ to replace a diseased one seems to be an attractive idea. However, when assessed by the criteria of Traditional Chinese Medicine, just to mention one of the most widely-followed examples of the “metaphor” in today’s world, the organs are considered to be manifestations of certain types of energy, joined together in an interdependent process. And (by analogy!) the same must apply to sub-cellular elements.

  5. “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the former.” _ Albert Einstein

    • perhaps that is Einstein’s legacy, proving without a shadow of a doubt the infinite stupid of humans.

    • I think Einstein was referring to the legions of gullible people who have fallen time after time for the deliberate disinformation that he peddled. Einstein killed physics and was elevated to a god like status for it!

      Einstein worked for the banksters.

      • “Einstein killed physics and was elevated to a god like status for it!”

        Amen brother!

        Any references for the “Einstein worked for the banksters” claim? I’ve never heard that before. If provable, that would be VERY interesting.

      • Application vindicates theory. We have had Einstein’s theories for a long time now and the technologies and inventions are few and far between. GPS? I would not necessarily attribute that to Einstein’s theories. I would not put it past the ruling elite to just flat out lie!

        Einstein is the anti-Tesla!

      • Amen, brother (or sister- am not sure of your sex- but doesn’t matter)-

        yes, obviously Einstein peddled whatever was the most convenient to the global elite and Nicola Tesla died (murdered?) a pauper

  6. Is the junk DNA a fractal antenna for tuning into our own electric field and other people’s “electric” fields?

    Since 80% of our physical characteristics cannot be attributed to our genes…. then where is the rest of the missing blueprint??

    • “then where is the rest of the missing blueprint??”

      Bingo!

      Celtic Death Star, I sure hope you stick around. I like where you are coming from A LOT.

    • I think we homo sapiens sapiens (as we’re labeled) need to look to the stars from whence we came; if we haven’t been ‘seeded’ somehow I’ll eat my living room-

      Larry

      • I have always considered Einstein more of a hipster than bankster and never noted delusions of Godhead.
        I like the Celtic Star bold thesis,hold Tesla in highest regard and would love to read more elaboration.

        Burroughs coined the term Homo Saps which works for me.