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Synthetic Biology and reproduction


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What do you think of the idea that in the far future if people want to reproduce a few of their cells are taken and their offspring is vat grown in a machine or created by bioprinting, instead of growing a fetus in an artifitial womb for several months(even if genetic modification make gestation lenght a few months). However, instead of a baby the bioprinting or vat grow machine would create a fully grown person in a short period of time. I believe this will become a new tech option for reproduction and even cloning. What do you think?

 

With synthetic biology, wholly new genes made in lab with new functions could be put into the new person. The parents could also determine all the traits they want in their new vat grown child with genetic engineering.

 

 



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Your idea sounds exactly like the "blanks" in the movie The Sixth Day



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I think it will be possible to "make" humans like that starting in the 22nd century. For the rest of this century, the best we can hope for is clones grown in artificial wombs and birthed as babies. 



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Absolutely. This is a lot better than the Gattaca option, where presumably a thousand or so embryos are created and the best 4 are chosen out of those, the rest of the embryos not talked about but assumed to be discarded and not kept safe and frozen indefinitely in a bomb shelter for future emergencies.




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