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Genetic modification of humans is going to happen. If it doesn't happen in Britain then it will be because of political and legislative reasons rather than technical reasons, but British people will travel to countries where it either is legal or medicine is less regulated.

Will genetic modification of humans render most NHS doctors obsolete and a relic of a previous era? Is conventional medicine reaching the end of the road? Will the NHS even survive in the face of genetic modification of humans even if the service is provided in backstreet clinics by people who are biochemists that legally cannot practice medicine?
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Genetic modification of humans is going to happen. If it doesn't happen in Britain then it will be because of political and legislative reasons rather than technical reasons, but British people will travel to countries where it either is legal or medicine is less regulated.

Will genetic modification of humans render most NHS doctors obsolete and a relic of a previous era? Is conventional medicine reaching the end of the road? Will the NHS even survive in the face of genetic modification of humans even if the service is provided in backstreet clinics by people who are biochemists that legally cannot practice medicine?
Most biochemists can't perform genetic engineering. It's very high level stuff. They can definitely understand the concepts however

NHS doctors won't be rendered obsolete, there are still diseases out there that aren't due to genetics and will require traditional therapy, along with procedures that require surgery - conventional medicine will be here to stay. a lot of vectors containing new genes to replace faulty genes don't even make it inside the cell - it has a fairly high failure rate that's intolerable in human patients, but acceptable to lab mice.
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Genetic modification of humans is going to happen. If it doesn't happen in Britain then it will be because of political and legislative reasons rather than technical reasons, but British people will travel to countries where it either is legal or medicine is less regulated.

Will genetic modification of humans render most NHS doctors obsolete and a relic of a previous era? Is conventional medicine reaching the end of the road? Will the NHS even survive in the face of genetic modification of humans even if the service is provided in backstreet clinics by people who are biochemists that legally cannot practice medicine?
It would be a huge step in medicine. Though it doesn't mean people are not susceptible to infectious diseases.
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It would be a huge step in medicine. Though it doesn't mean people are not susceptible to infectious diseases.
It will be a huge step in medicine but it has the potential to create a conflict between people with technical ability to offer genetic modification services but legally cannot practice medicine and people who can legally practice medicine but have no ability to offer genetic modification services.

Genetic modification can in theory make people immune to infectious diseases. Some people already through genetics are immune to HIV.
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It will be a huge step in medicine but it has the potential to create a conflict between people with technical ability to offer genetic modification services but legally cannot practice medicine and people who can legally practice medicine but have no ability to offer genetic modification services.

Genetic modification can in theory make people immune to infectious diseases. Some people already through genetics are immune to HIV.
Do you know what the amazing thing about bacteria is? They mutate rapidly and evolve to have resistance to natural and recombinant genes. Viruses do this too

The current strain of HIV can mutate, then what happens? That gene won't do anything and then doctors are called upon to treat the patient.
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