‘Roundup Ready’ Humans?
What the heck does that mean?
One of my favorite parts of doing a blog is getting reader comments.
It definitely makes the blogging experience more fun and keeps me on my toes. I also learn a lot. The more discussion there is, the better.
One of the most frequent commenters is Brian Sanderson, who has a long track record of outside the box comments that spark discussion.
I would say that one of Brian’s most explosive comments came yesterday on the topic of human genetic modification.
It seems to me that it is just a matter of time before technologies get to the point where genetically modified humans (GMH) can be “created”. Do we really want to go there?
It certainly opens up some interesting new possibilities for warfare. Imagine the creation of a strain of “roundup ready humans” that are resistant to some secretly created pathogen that is fatal to “natural” humans…
This is a doomsday machine without mutually assured destruction! Makes Dr Strangelove and Planet of the Apes look lame.
It would make a great movie script — let’s just leave it at that.
For those of you who may not know, ‘Rounp Ready’ is a brand from the company Monsanto. It is a type of GMO seed/plant that is engineered to be resistant to the Monsanto herbicide RoundUp or glyphosate. The idea is a farmer sprays a field of RoundUp Ready plants and only the weeds die.
So Brian’s comment suggests a possible future, perhaps to be taken in a satirical way, in which a weapon could be sprayed onto a battlefield and GMO soldiers might survive, while the enemies all croak.
Brian, you can expect a call from DARPA perhaps offering you a grant and, ahem, maybe the NSA for other reasons…