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February 04

Crispr's Brave New World

By Ella Miista
Have you heard of Crispr? While we can’t help but think of Tumblr or Grindr, it is in fact not a website for endless reblogs of cat pictures or to hook up with gay boys. Instead it is a pretty important scientific development. There was a lot of talk about it the end of last year and it was even voted the scientific breakthrough of the year. It’s an acronym that stands for something so long you’ll forget the beginning when you get to the end (or clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats, if you insist) but essentially it’s a tiny bit of our DNA that scientists can access and modify. Essentially this could mean two things... Brave New World film Hopefully a) that it will be easier to treat difficult diseases and fix genetic errors but also b) that designer babies might become a thing. Orwell’s work is already playing out; Huxley’s dystopian Brave New World doesn’t seem that far off either, especially since the first Crispr-ed non-human primates have already been born. (The lil monkeys do look cute!) The high street already looks the same whichever direction you look, so even if people won’t be engineered in laboratories to all be six foot tall with identical shapes and clear skin, what if the world is moving past its creative peak to a place where individuality is dead? We don’t suppose there is a real answer, but even in the worst-case scenario, there will always be the odd ones out. They’re the weird kids, John the Savages who will keep it alive in their community. It will likely all be stripped down, but that’s evolution. The lack of means will be a force of creativity in itself. First it will be the fringe freaks and their make do art and fashion, but eventually the genetically engineered will remember their instincts and they will follow. Rocky Horror Picture Show Image via Twentieth Century Fox Whether it’s figurative or literal, this is the circle of life, and the circle of fashion. We’ve worked through all the fashion movements of the 20th century, exponentially speeding up the point where we’re starting to recycle the decade before us. Last season is a few years away from being vintage and ready for reuse, which in essence is causing some kind of a time warp. Though at times it reminds of Rocky Horror Show, hypothetically this means an interesting boiling point is due where the fringe freaks will reinvent fashion.
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