Most people understand genetics on a rudimentary level. They know that it relates to the data we receive in our DNA and how our RNA works to use that information to build people. Of course, this is how it works for all people. But not many people understand the important advancements at work in the field of genetics and what it can mean for the rest of us.
Some of the progresses we’ve made in the field of genetics are positively sci-fi. They are a marriage of the very real science of genetics with the unreal that lives in our imagination.
Take gene construction, for example. Scientists can identify genes like never before. That means they could, hypothetically, go through your genetic information and pick out the genes that gave you your nose, your hair and maybe even some of your personality traits.
Now think about that for a minute. If they can do that, consider what else they could do. They could manipulate that information too, right? Of course! They could make you smarter, taller, stronger, all while you’re in the womb.
These kinds of advancements are still a far way off. The process that involves synthesizing phosphorothioate oligonucleotides is still not near its potential, for example. But you and I will probably live long enough to see these kinds of advancements.