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Dr. George Church — The Augmented Human Being

On very rare occasions, I write posts covering biological or medical subjects and breakthroughs that are either:

a) Entirely unrelated to a hair loss cure, or

b) Potentially related to a hair loss cure in the long run, but this is just happenstance and not the original intention behind my covering the said subject.

This post falls under the second category.

Dr. George Church

I have discussed Dr. George Church a few times on this blog before. In my opinion, there is a good possibility that he will be known as one of the 10-20 greatest scientists the world has ever witnessed when all is said and done.  Interestingly enough, Dr. Church got an F on one of his graduate program college courses at Duke University in 1976, and he has proudly posted that letter of rejection from Duke on his current Harvard University website.  Talking about his site, it is well worth  going through this part of it in great detail.  Dr. Church was adopted as a child.  In his own words, he has had “early-onset health problems (insurance companies take note): heart attack, carcinoma, narcolepsy, dyslexia, pneumonia, motion sickness.

Several days ago, a new interview (more like a speech) of Dr. Church was posted on youtube, and I was very impressed by the range of subjects that Dr. Church covers in this video.  The title of this video is “The Augmented Human Being.”  Hopefully, this augmentation will imply a full head of hair for all, even though that is  probably the last thing that Dr. Church is thinking of when he discusses things such as CRISPR and genetic therapy in the video.

It is quite revealing that the above video only had a little under 500 views when I embedded it in this post, despite being online for two days.  In sharp contrast, the one week old gorilla video now has close to 11 million views.  Dr. Church could bring back that now dead gorilla back to life just like he will the extinct woolly mammoth.

Dr. Church is currently 61 years old, but from the looks of it, I doubt that he will retire any time soon despite his health problems.  He is a workaholic.

During the past few months Dr. Church has been all over the news almost every single day.  Some highlights:

Aldous Huxley increasingly looks prescient.