Morning, all. Down at the transplant center this morning and just finished having an interesting conversation with the team of doctors. As part of the transplant process I've signed up to be part of a clinical trial that looks at the cross compatibility of my progenitor stem cells to be genetically enhanced to act as a source of uber cells that could be used to help other patients. As everyone knows, Italian stem cells are incredibly robust and mine have been tempered down through the generations with a healthy cross-dose of other pan-Euro stem cells from my ancestors in Ireland, Scotland and Austria. Over the past week they've been evaluating my cells and have come to the conclusion that I have the best stem cells every seen in someone that's descended from European ancestors.
But here's the big catch - if they give my stem cells to other transplant patients, there will be side effects. Because of the strength of my stem cells, they will do some genetic remapping of the recipients. The most likely changes to the donor are a bigger nose, louder voice and a tendency to blurt out inappropriate comments at social gatherings. Also a creeping desire to wear socks with flip-flops.
So the big moral question I face is dare I unleash this on the population? Of course if it helps save peoples' lives it would seem like a reasonable trade-off but I think there are some subtle karmic questions here. Do we all have different paths to enlightenment and would I be corrupting someone's path by letting them get the uber Geo cells? This could be a Pandora's box - once my little guys start getting out into the greater population parties may never be the same. And the fashion implications are really too terrible to think about...
It's a tough decision that I've got to grapple with. Luckily this seems like the perfect day to think about these deep thoughts so thanks for allowing me to share my dilemma. Let me know what you think!