If you’re a cell biologist, you probably know that the discovery of DNA and the subsequent understanding of DNA replication led to the development of a new field known as “genomics”. This led to the development of new techniques, a new language, and a whole new way to look at life and see the world.
Genomics has been the cause of a lot of advances in biology, but it also resulted in a lot of advances in a lot of other things too. For example, the development of new cell lines, new approaches to gene-replication, and the development of new techniques to study the interaction between cells and their environment, like the work of Dr. Richard Lenski and his team at the University of California in Santa Cruz.
A lot of the leaps in biology, and in other fields like pharmaceuticals and nanotechnology, have been led by researchers who have been able to take genetic changes and make them work in animals, but they’ve also resulted in some incredible advances in other areas. For example, in the past decade, a lot of the leaps in cell biology have been led by people who’ve been able to take genetic changes that were never seen before and make them work in animals.
This is a very big and important difference. For instance, the ability to make genes work in animals is a major breakthrough in how we can study the human genome, and also a big step forward in the understanding of evolution. But it could be argued that the cell biology breakthroughs in genetics are more important to the advancement of genetic experimentation than any other advances.
The cell biology breakthroughs in genetics is what led to the ability to take an animal’s genetic makeup and make it work in an animal. The cell biologist was able to take a well-characterized genetic change in an animal and make it work in a human, just as she had been able to take it from an animal and make it work in an animal.
This is true, but let’s imagine a time when an alien species had been able to create a person who was half alien and half human. We would call this person a hybrid. The term hybrid originally referred to a species in which one (or more) of its components was entirely alien to the species. The term is now used to describe a species that’s composed of parts that are at least partly foreign.
So if a species like ours had been able to build a hybrid, then that would mean that we were not the only species able to create hybrids. And now that we have a genetic technology to do it, we are able to create hybrids that are fully alien to us.
In a world where people have the ability to create hybrids, then it is only natural that we should now be able to create human hybrids. A lot of science fiction writers have been writing about our abilities to make hybrids with other alien species. If you don’t believe me then try reading some of the science fiction that I’ve referenced in my book, The Alien Agenda.
If you wanted to be able to make a hybrid that was utterly alien, you would probably need to go back further in time. It would have been a lot easier to engineer an artificial intelligence to be perfectly human if there was no time period for the evolution of intelligence because the first ones would have been a lot smarter. As much as I like the idea of inventing a genetic technology to make a hybrid, I think its a little bit ridiculous.