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Category Archives: Gattaca
“Today’s science fiction is tomorrow’s science fact.” This quote from Isaac Asimov rings true to our modern sensibilities, as on a daily basis we converse with AIs similar to those featured in many science fiction stories, watch digital billboards like those from Blade Runner, and communicate over phones and watches strangely reminiscent of Star Trek […] Continue reading
When discussing the 1997 film “Gattaca,” the issue of putting too much faith in genetic probabilities came up. In the film, flaws in people’s attitude towards living life emerged in a society where (almost) everyone decided to stake everything on what your genes predict you can, and can’t do at birth. In a striking scene […] Continue reading
The global population is expected to increase by almost 3 billion people by the year 2100. Genetic adaptations and manipulations will result in better nutrition, superior health, and longevity for these generations of humans. Despite the many positive outcomes positive eugenics can have for the individual, an increased population may have devastating affects on consumption, […] Continue reading
“…don’t hold it with their left.” This scene from the very end of the movie, depicts Vincent taking a final urine test just after he believes he has been the system and is headed into space. Realizing what this urine test means for his fate, not only for space travel but also as a member […] Continue reading
In “Gattaca,” the one deleted scene that stood out to me the most was at the point of 5:30 in the video of the deleted scenes below “I can also attempt to insert sequences associated with enhanced mathematical or musical ability.” This series of sequences was worth a pretty penny of 5000 dollars. Imagine […] Continue reading
Evidently, toying with our genes does not hold a place of very high esteem in our popular culture. From 1997′s Gattaca to 2007′s I Am Legend and 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, gene therapy is depicted as an unnatural and undesirable practice leading to consequences ranging from the degeneration of the human soul to complete global apocalypse. These […] Continue reading
In the 1997 film, Gattaca, the directors are trying to communicate the dangers of genetic engineering and human-influenced evolution. And while the film is not subtle with its reproach of the implied eugenics movement that is inherent in genetic screening, it really hits its point home with its deleted pre-credits scene. At 8:52 of the […] Continue reading
In the PBS documentary Cracking the Code of Life, the viewer gets a glimpse at the science and issues surrounding the growing field of genetics. Since actually making sense of practices like DNA sequencing is pretty complex, the feature uses comparisons pretty liberally. Eric Lander, the geneticist that the host probably spends the most time […] Continue reading