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DNA Replacement Therapy
A neat sub-plot to the chase and a pleasant change from the decoders / encoders / devices etc., featured in so many of its movie peers.
According to the Dr Alvarez, who explains the two phases to NSA agent Jinx, “First, we kill off your bone marrow, to wipe the DNA slate clean.
“Phase Two; the introduction of new DNA, harvested from healthy donors; orphans, runaways, people that won’t be missed.
“I like to think of myself as an artist.”
“It’s a painful process, I am afraid. But all great art is.”
Jinx is right though, “Most great artists are only appreciated after they're dead.”
All very pleasant, but it is such a remarkable treatment that it is able to stretch the dimensions of probability to presume an Asian man could turn into a younger looking British man with a longer face of completely different proportions. Sadly, the early stages of the treatment cannot do anything about the tiny diamonds stuck in Zao’s face. A pair to tweezers could have done the job, but the ‘Artist’ Dr Alvarez, was clearly waiting for the process to complete.
We later learn that Colonel Moon had already undergone the treatment and it had turned him from an Asian man into a posh British man. His hair had turned from black to ginger, his skin from a gentle warm brown tone to freckly and pasty white, change his Korean accent for a completely flawless posh English one. It even made him taller.
It may be that the newly spoken of Gene Therapy treatments being discussed in the world of science, were still in their early stages, but the movie version was very much like a Lottery winner claiming they would be a spaceship. Perspective was possibly in short supply four years before the possibility of Gene Therapy, a treatment that has subsequently been developed to alter an individual's genes as a therapy to treat disease.
Although conseptualized as far back as 1972, it wasn't until 1990 that treatments began. The 1992 film was perhaps a little eager in its futurological predictions - you still can't make a silk purse out of a pig's ear, and you won't look like Brad Pitt, however much money your partner has to spend on the treatment!