Mttt Porteus, ‘hackeando’ sickle cell anemia VS ‘After Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison by Jeff Wall, 2000’


There is a very promising lecture by my Gunn classmate Matt Porteous regarding gene editing to cure sickle cell anemia with stem cells in which he quotes for inspiration ironically Kurt Vonnegut from Player Piano, 1952

AA872651-A2ED-4269-A4E0-B1D1122C8AAD.jpegSomehow reminds me of this photograph depicting an early scene from Ralph Ellison’s the invisible man. I’m taking Michael Krasny’s coursing literature thing at Stanford extension and happened to see the Jordan Peele movie “Us”as I was reading TS Eliot TWL and felt that one was an influence on the other especially regarding “the shadow.”

Matt quotes a thinker named John Rawls(1921-2002) not to be confused with John Galt.  A Person with sickle cell anemia in the United States might live to his 40s while in the southern hemisphere he or  she might die by age 5.

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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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