“Now we have discrimination down to a science”

Those of you who went to MECS will know what I’m talking about.

Gattaca

Because I’m lazy and can’t be bothered explaining it myself, here’s a little summary I found on IMDb…

“Vincent is one of the last “natural” babies born into a sterile, genetically-enhanced world, where life expectancy and disease likelihood are ascertained at birth by the testing of blood. Myopic and due to die at 30, he has no chance of a career in a society that now discriminates against your genes, instead of your gender, race or religion. Going underground, he assumes the identity of Jerome, crippled in an accident, and achieves prominence in the Gattaca Corporation, where he is selected for his lifelong desire: a manned mission to Saturn. Constantly passing gene tests by diligently using samples of Jerome’s hair, skin, blood and urine, his now-perfect world is thrown into increasing desperation, his dream within reach, when the mission director is killed – and he carelessly loses an eyelash at the scene! Certain that they know the murderer’s ID, but unable to track down the former Vincent, the police start to close in, with extra searches, and new gene tests. With the once-in-a-lifetime launch only days away, Vincent must avoid arousing suspicion, while passing the tests, evading the police, and not knowing whom he can trust… “

When I studied this movie in yr 12 I thought it could happen…in the very distant future. But now I see it’s not very distant after all.

Today I read in the mX (the free newspaper), this article…

“Blood read, future seen: Two tablespoons of blood may be enough to give you a complete rundown on your health – for the rest of your life. Biophysical 250’s developers claim it is the most accurate technique in the world for predicting cancer and heart disease. The test involves taking a sample of blood, which is then sent to the US to be analysed for 250 ‘biomarkers’ – chemicals and proteins that reflect the patients present, and possibly future, state of health. “

That is kind of creepy. Although they seem to have a long way to go until they can actually confirm their discovery.

I guess soon we can expect the invention of the hover car seeing as in ‘Back to the Future’ they were around in 2015!

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Generally described as "a bit odd", loves books, adores music, thinks movies are wonderful and is rather attatched to art.
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