Originally Posted by Blameless
Of course it will happen. Diabetes is a clear and specific problem with fairly clear and specific solutions that just happen to be slightly out of reach, for the moment.
2 issues with your idea. 1 is that the solution is no where near clear within the current scientific advancement. I get you are probably meaning come up with a way to regenerate the pancreas. Fine, do that, grow another organ. It is not going to do a damn bit a good unless you can afford the treatment, and unless it can get FDA clearance to be used. Aside from that number 2 is to get a transplant, which is very possible under the current state of health care, but also is far from a guarantee (as you have to take a chance on possible rejection, not to mention the cost, and the necessity of there being a matching organ to transplant. Also does not do any good for the average diabetic, as they are not deemed "bad" enough to get the transplant, and will at some point in the future die from the disease.) I hope you (general you, not you blameless) realize too that we are only talking about insulin dependent diabetics, like myself.
If you think regeneration or cloning of the pancreas is far enough away to be "not ever", you are one of the most shortsighted people I've encountered.
I don't think it is so far away as to not be possible never. I see that it is far enough away that no living human being will ever be able to recieve such a treatment. It is not something as simple as creating a small motor that can accurately deliver a dose form a needle (reservoir). You are talking about regenerating an organ, which we currently can not do. It is not exactly a bruise, or a fracture that the body will heal on its own. It is closer to using a mouse and a sample of DNA to regenerate an ear/nose/etc for transplant. That is not to say that it can't be done, but not unless two major things happen. The first being that the major corporations like medtronic, squib, and Lilly become fine with loosing hundreds of millions of dollars in income every year. The second being that the science improves to a point that the externally regenerated organ (be it anything, not only talking pancreas here) can safely (as in less than say 10% fatality/rejection rate, or any other similarly acceptable low percentage) be implanted. If you use the patients DNA to generate the organ, then the rejection rate should be very small, and thus help make it a reality.
A completely arbitrary and meaningless sentiment used to justify all sorts of monstrous actions and inactions.
I am not justifying anything. I do not see how immorality could be anything but bad. How would you feel if Chairman Mao, Stalin, or Hitler (or any mass murderer or leader of a government that committed genocide) had found a way to be immortal. Would you want a Aldof Hitler that never naturally dies? In the same way, if you can regenerate an organ it is a small jump to regenerate the entire person, so say HItler was immortal (to natural death), but was assassinated. Now just regenerate him and right back in the same seat.
Or for that matter, how often do you think we would go to war if death was not a factor? I would be willing to bet it would be a lot more often than it currently is, and that can only be bad.