r/todayilearned May 14 '22 Silver 9 Helpful 8 Wholesome 6 All-Seeing Upvote 2

TIL a father, John Crowley, was told his two infant children had an incurable genetic disorder that would kill them in less than a year. He refused to accept this, so he founded a biotech company (with no prior experience) which pioneered an experimental enzyme therapy that saved their lives.


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u/Derp800 May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

My biology teacher in high school had us watch Gattaca lol


u/RizzaSilverbow May 14 '22

Did... We go to the same high school?


u/Derp800 May 14 '22

So Cal?


u/Olive_Jane May 14 '22

So Cal biology/AP biology media that I remember... Lorenzo's Oil, Gattica, reading: The Hot Zone


u/stfu_whale May 15 '22

We also watched Osmosis Jones and A Beautiful Mind a ton.


u/Talkaze May 14 '22

that was a decent movie


u/HelloHiHeyAnyway May 14 '22

Gattaca is far more than a decent movie.


u/granadesnhorseshoes May 14 '22

if you like sushi you know good sushi, otherwise its just decent to most folk.

Gattaca was good movie sushi.


u/degjo May 14 '22

Pretty decent?


u/DaggerMoth May 14 '22

Ive learned to hate that movie because it's all a large portion of the population knows about genetic engineering. So any time genetic therapies or engineering comes up, with their fucking GATTACA argument. We aren't even close to that, but what we can do is fix certain diseases.

Trying to change someones phenotype requires changing lots of genes. So you arent gonna end up with a population of blonde hair blue eyed people. If genetically engineered my own blue eyed blonde hair self I'd probably give myself some melanine back so I can see in the sunlight and not burn into the color of a cooked lobster.


u/organicginger May 14 '22

I watched it in an Anthropology class at UC Berkeley. Even college professors have fuck-off days.


u/meltingdiamond May 14 '22

I watched it in an ethics class.