Genetically Engineered Cats
The GM pet industry continues apace–a California-based company has started taking orders for genetically modified cats, altered to ease the sufferings of humans who have pet allergies.
Allerca is selling the cats for $3,500 each, to be delivered starting in 2007. Up to 10 percent of the U.S. population has allergies to cats, and according to CNN, cat allergen is also one of the main causes of childhood allergies, asthma, and other respiratory diseases such as bronchitis. Allerca suppresses production of a protein secreted by the cat’s skin and salivary glands that cause cat allergies.
I expect little uproar about these cats, just as there was little long-lasting concern about GloFish, which have gone on sale in pet stores earlier this year–a zebra fish implanted with a fluorescent sea anemone gene. Americans have shown little to no compunction about accepting genetically modified food or genetically modified animals–why start now?
Geoffrey Hinton tells us why he’s now scared of the tech he helped build
“I have suddenly switched my views on whether these things are going to be more intelligent than us.”
Deep learning pioneer Geoffrey Hinton has quit Google
Hinton will be speaking at EmTech Digital on Wednesday.
Video: Geoffrey Hinton talks about the “existential threat” of AI
Watch Hinton speak with Will Douglas Heaven, MIT Technology Review’s senior editor for AI, at EmTech Digital.
Doctors have performed brain surgery on a fetus in one of the first operations of its kind
A baby girl who developed a life-threatening brain condition was successfully treated before she was born—and is now a healthy seven-week-old.
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