In an alternative universe, instead of hearing about gene therapy for:

  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer's
  • Parkinson's

we'd be hearing about gene therapy for:

  • Hair loss
  • Hair color
  • Hair style
  • Eye color
  • Skin color
  • Perfume
  • Effects of aging
  • Weight loss and gain
  • Muscle growth
  • Body part enhancement
  • Chicken that tastes like bacon

For the yellow outfit you're wearing today you might pick a light brown skin tone and green eyes. You'd use the light brown skin tone body wash to change the genes in your skin. You'd put in the green eye eyedrops to deliver the genes into your eyes. You'd place a stencil on your skin and use a spray to deliver genes for a light skin color tone to form a tattoo. You'd deliver citrusy scent genes to the odor-creating bacteria on your skin to produce that smell today.

But we don't live in that alternate universe. Instead of all these miracles, all we're going to get is a cure for cancer.

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