Is Dede the Tree Man a sign of genetic mutations to come? It seems as though while such an idea is far-fetched and not worth giving credibility, what does Dede the Tree mean to you?
In a world of science wonder including the mapping of the human genome, gene therapy, gene splicing and modified selective childbirth, is such a mutation as plant and animal totally out of frame? Let’s imagine that a scientist, probably near the island of Dr. Moreau, has figured out a way to inject a serum that contains DNA with a rearranged sequence of nucleotides into a human body. Now, take a leap of faith that the serum prevents the white blood cells of the host from attacking it as foreign material and instead welcomes and protects it as part of its own. Any future attack of the body on the mutation would be thwarted by the blood itself.
Merging plant and animal is a bit in left field so let’s consider modifying strength. This has been tried over and over again with the super soldiers of soviet Russia, the Nazi attempt at gorilla-human fighting machines and always the experiment meets with failure because the mutated bodies die off. Primates and humans are closely related yet they have the ability to be far stronger than humans due to the mapping of genes which create muscle structure.
Wouldn’t that be a simple mutation to simply inject a newborn with this gene modification? Apart from being totally unethical and not morally sound, it is certainly possible that a growing child would almost certainly grow at the same rate as a normal child. Consider that the only difference would be the invisible-to-the-eye changes of the muscle structure. The end result would be seen in the strength of the young adult perhaps being able to lift a vehicle, throw a football 200 yards, run a two minute mile… Quite scary, but quite too close to home.
What do you think? Can such a basic change be accomplished with modern medical technology?