On the other hand, if someone wants to revive big animals, that's fine. It's someone reviving small, hard to eradicate animals that's dangerous.
This could support a more ambitious objective without being a total never ending research project.
Maybe on the way they’ll find something more interesting and doable.
The CRISPR stuff they will be doing has some cross over and is quite trendy still.
Once we get comfortable with the ethics of cloning, we can create decephalized humans for widespread tissue/organ transplant and unprecedented biological research on actual human systems.
Grow headless humans in artificial wombs. Or pig wombs until the tech catches up.
Surgically remove the brains. Or deactivate certain genes during development. Artificial innervation, hormone/metabolome, and muscle stimulus.
Whole-head transplants from live humans to new bodies could double human lifespans. Suddenly cancer and heart disease are no longer issues.
Cloned humans can have universally compatible HLA histocompatibility. No tissue rejects. No life altering immunosuppressants.
We could rejuvenate immune systems from depleted thymuses. Perform negative selection of the host.
It'd be game changing.
Maybe 300 year lifespans.
If we can reverse the clock on neurons by fixing the metabolome and immune system, we might end death to anything but accidents and suicide. Then AGI and brain uploads...
Immortality. It's within reach.
It's unclear what the restorative impact of a younger circulatory and immune system would be. Older cells may undergo elevated clearance and be regenerated.
We could develop drugs that target telomere loss. Cell turnover could fix more. CRISPR for the most common gene breakages.
Instead of saying we can't, say maybe we can.
Even if we couldn't use brainless cloned humans to immediately increase lifespans, we could have a nearly limitless supply of organs, tissues, blood, etc. It would also function as the best medical research platform in the world.
Preserving the brain is preferable to consciousness transfers, unless you're looking for functional immortality.
>"There is "zero pressure" for the project to make money, Lamm said. He is banking on the endeavor resulting in innovations that have applications in biotechnology and health care. He compared it to how the Apollo project got people caring about space exploration but also resulted in a lot of incredible technology, including GPS.
Are there any organisms that are carbon negative or cause a net decrease in some energy balance?
I imagine some sort of bird with white/reflective feathers that would shade the east a bit. Maybe we could alter an algea so that instead of getting red/green color blooms there would be a white/reflective bloom so large portions of the ocean would reflect light instead.
And if we did the Neanderthals, what would the moral implications be?