You have to love the Internet. Ken’s recent posts (here and here) mention radical life extension as something almost within reach. Maybe. But it reminded me of that epic scene in Blade Runner, where Roy Batty confronts Tyrell. Mere seconds later, a Google search of the words “Blade Runner” and “script”, and voila, there it is!
TYRELL: What’s the problem?
THE REST OF THE SCENE
I’m surprised you didn’t come to
It’s not an easy thing to meet
And what can he do for you?
Can the maker repair what he makes?
Would you like to be modified?
Had in mind something a little more
What’s the problem?
I’m afraid that’s a little out of
Batty cuts in with a whisper.
I want more life, fucker.
Batty walks forward.
The facts of life. I’ll be blunt.
To make an alteration in the
evolvement of an organic life
system, at least by men, makers
or not, is fatal. A coding sequence
can’t be revised once it’s
Because by the second day of
incubation any cells that have
undergone reversion mutation give
rise to revertant colonies — like
rats leaving a sinking ship. The
What about E.M.S. recombination?
We’ve already tried it — ethyl
methane sulfonate is an alkylating
agent and a potent mutagen — it
creates a virus so lethal the
subject was destroyed before we
left the table.
Batty nods grimly.
Then a repressor protein that blocks
the operating cells.
Wouldn’t obstruct replication, but
it does give rise to an error in
replication, so that the newly
formed DNA strand carries a
mutation and you’re got a virus
again… but all this is academic
— you are made as good as we could
But not to last.
Put it this way. Rolls Royces are
made to last — as least they were.
But I’m afraid you’re a Ferrari.
A high strung racing car — built
to win, not to last.
Batty smiles bitterly.
Update: this is a pretty cool BR site.