Human-Animal Hybrids

In his State of the Union address George Bush called for a ban on cloning, embryo experimentation and human-animal hybridization:

“Tonight I ask you to pass legislation to prohibit the most egregious abuses of medical research: human cloning in all its forms, creating or implanting embryos for experiments, creating human-animal hybrids, and buying, selling, or patenting human embryos. Human life is a gift from our Creator—and that gift should never be discarded, devalued or put up for sale.”


Vision > Fellows > Douglas Rushkoff
Boing Boing interviews Doug Rushkoff about his Testament comic book

Doug Frauenfelder of Boing Boing interviewed Douglas Rushkoff about his new comic book called Testament, published by vertigo/DC. “The story is set in the near future, in which people in the United States are required by the government to have an RFID tracking chip implanted in their are. At the same time, Rushkoff retells stories from the Old Testament that parallel the near-future story.” Listen to the interview here (20MB MP3). Testament will be a monthly series from Vertigo/DC, is scheduled to premiere in November.

Genetic Enhancement and Sports Talks OnLine

Here are four presentations from Geneforum’s Feb 11, 2005 forum in Portland, Oregon:

Tom Goldman, Sports Correspondent, National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” [audio] Theodore Friedmann, M.D., Director of the Program in Gene Therapy at UCSD [pdf][audio] Mari Holden, Silver Medalist, 2000 Olympics, Road Cycling [pdf][audio] Maxwell Mehlman, JD, Director, Law-Medicine Center and Professor of Biomedical Ethics at Case Western Reserve University [pdf][audio]
Directors > George Dvorsky
IEET Board member now podcasting Sentient Developments

IEET Board member has a fascinating blog, Sentient Developments

And he is now podcasting. Check it out:

Leon Kass still at it

I vainly hoped that Leon Kass would retire from the fight over human enhancement after being retired from the President’s Council on Bioethics. But in this piece in the Wall Street Journal he’s still beating the same old drum:

“consider the kind of choices people might make if their biological deadlines were to be extended by decades. How long would our de facto adolescence last? How much longer would we postpone childbearing, if many of us didn’t abandon the business altogether? How would the balance of social...

Fellows > Aubrey de Grey > HealthLongevity
Aubrey makes the case for SENS on 60 Minutes

Here’s the first bit of the transcript of the 60 Minutes episode that, on January 1, 2006, profiled IEET Fellow Aubrey de Grey and his ideas about anti-aging therapies. Watch the show here

Jan 1, 2006

Scientist Ponders Eternal Youth

(CBS) How’s this for an offer you can’t refuse: how would you like to live say, 400 or 500 years, or even more and all of them in perfect health? It’s both a Utopian and a nightmare scenario but there are those who say it is well within the realm of possibility.

Fellows > Aubrey de Grey > HealthLongevity
Aubrey profiled at Damn Interesting

From Damn Interesting :

Zen and the Art of Human Maintenance

by Alan Bellows on December 29th, 2005 at 4:12 pm

Hans Baldung Grien: The Ages And Death, c. 1540-1543There is a disease which causes the human body and mind to gradually deteriorate, causing its sufferers to experience discomfort, memory loss, failed health, disfigurement, and severe physical and mental handicaps. It is always fatal, and there is no known cure. The scientific term for this disease is Senescence, though it is more commonly known as aging or gr...

Arnhart: Use Posthuman Tech to Excite Kids About Evolution and Biology

Larry Arnhart is one of the stalwarts of the “politics and the life sciences” movement which brings together political scientists interested in health policy, bioethics, evolutionary psychology and transhumanism. In an interview for Connect for Kids he is asked about the intelligent design controversy and how best to inspire kids to study evolution and biology:

“Besides teaching Darwin, do you have any other recommendations for engaging students in biology education?

Arnhart: I would suggest that biology teac...

Fellows > Andy Miah
Andy Miah in The Lancet (and the London Times)

A great article by Andy has just appeared in the latest special issue of The Lancet:

Kayser B, Mauron A, Miah Andy “Legalisation of performance-enhancing drugs” page S21 Link

The rules of sport definne a level playing field on which athletes compete.Antidoping policies exist,in theory, to encourage fair play.However,we believe they are unfounded dangerous,and excessively costly.

The need for rules in sports cannot be dismissed. But the anchoring of today’s antidoping regulations in the noti...

Fellows > Douglas Rushkoff
Douglas Rushkoff’s last book is out!!!

Get Back in the Box: Innovation from the Inside Out is out! Written by IEET Fellow Douglas Rushkoff, it’s an original, playful and passionate work about innovation and where it comes from.

”American companies are obsessed with window dressing,” Rushkoff writes, “because they’re reluctant, no, afraid to look at whatever it is they really do and evaluate it from the inside out. When things are down, CEO’s look to consultants and marketers to rethink, re-brand or repackage whatever it is t...