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  1. #1 (Future?) Cosmetic Gene Therapy - Height growth, hair growth, eye colour change etc. 
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    OK, say a powerful virus was found (powerful, in the sense that it could penetrate deep into the specific genes you seek to target) and let's also say that it did not lead to such a powerful immune response (i.e. where for example that 18 year old died from gene therapy) - could you then initiate "improvements" on adult humans (assuming of course, that you knew all, if not most of the specific genes responsible for height, hair, hair/eye colour and growth)?

    I talk especially and primarily in regard to adult humans (not embryos and whatnot, as I know that embryos will have a great chance of gene therapy working).

    At the current moment, I know such things don't seem to be possible, but in a few decades or whatnot?

    Basically, how could gene therapy be harnessed to create a "superhuman" in an already alive adult human [not an embryo] (not fantasy nonsense like Magneto or whatever - I mean the usual, like enhanced musco-skeletal system, bone growth even, a "second" puberty maybe).

    Appreciate any thoughts.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AHeinrich View Post
    At the current moment, I know such things don't seem to be possible, but in a few decades or whatnot?
    What you are talking of is advanced gene therapy.
    The record to date is not a happy one for this technology, but it shows a lot of promise. Personally, I doubt we will be able to change a particular gene in every cell in a human body once adult. However, it may be possible to target particular parts of the body, like fixing the damage that causes diabetes in the islets of langerhans.


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