Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Protecting Yourself From Being Framed by Doctor Doom Using CRISPR Cas9

Being Framed Need Genetic Engineering Help

You are a framed Tony Stark (Iron Man), the police give you a call and tell you that they want you to come down to the police station so they can ask you a few questions, just a few. You being the tech genius you are know that they are going to want to take a DNA sample and the DNA collected from the crime scene is going to match! That's because your nemesis, alcoholism, wait... I mean, Doctor Doom, planted your DNA there.

Ain't no thing.

You already have a special concoction of CRISPR-Cas9 in a virus that will insert other DNA into your epithelial cheek cells through genetic engineering. Oh Snap! You specifically target the loci that are used by criminal investigators and because CRISPR-Cas9 is not making any germline changes after the cells die the effects are gone. So now at the police station when you offer them your DNA cheek swab, because you are such a cooperative citizen, the framing doesn't work out. Doctor Doom is such an amateur.

Though CRISPR-Cas9 has the chance to do many positive things I don't think many people think about all the possibilities that will occur now that everyone can have their hands on it. See, computer hackers use custom written software to hide their digital tracks and have done so for over 20 years but very little work or thought has gone into hiding our physical tracks. 

Some people, like Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg, have put some thought into obscuring DNA to protect privacy but these techniques and ideas are still limited. 

Biotech and genetic engineering will be such a huge part of our future. People tend to not focus on the implications for things as simple as comic book stories. How soon till someone writes a movie or comic book where genetic engineering is not portrayed in a crazy light but in a sophisticated and complex manner that can be used for real world things? 

It seems the same things occurred with computers. The first computers in movies and such were only used to run space ships or do fantastic things. Now in movies computers are used for boring things like storing all your back-ups of the videos the terrorists made for you when they captured Tony Stark. Seriously, Obidiah encrypt that shit or something. 

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