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NCN (National Cable Network) News Round-Up With Rebecca Howitt (Transcript)

11:15:00 AM EST

DATE: October, 28th, 20XX

HOWITT: Welcome back. Super-powers are real but that’s not the story everyone is talking about. Charles Ramirez, claims that not only did the experimental treatment give him abilities straight out of a comic book, but also cured his cancer. With me are Nanoscientist, Professor Henry Bhatt, and our Chief Medical Correspondent, Doctor Judith Moore. Thank you for joining us.

BHATT: A pleasure.

MOORE: Happy to be here.

HOWITT: So let’s get right down to it, can nano-machines cure cancer? Professor Bhatt?

BHATT: Theoretically? Yes. If we could program nano-machines to eradicate cancer cells, it could work. Though I want to make clear to you and the people at home that we are years and years away from anything like that. Or I thought. This could be a turning point for human evolution.

MOORE: Rebecca, if I could just jump in here. I think Professor, evolution isn’t the most accurate term to use. Living beings evolve because certain useful traits are passed from generation to generation. This, whatever it is, is not natural selection.

BHATT: I’m going to have to respectfully disagree with my esteemed colleague. In a very real way, this is evolution. Whoever made these remarkable innovations, has evolved the intelligence to do what that did. Passing those traits to another.

MOORE: That’s a very… loose interpretation of Darwin. I’d like to remind the viewers that none of the actual research has been released. Until we can look at the data, we should treat it as suspect.

BHATT: We must trust the science. 

MOORE: Until we know more, all we can do is make educated guesses.

BHATT: Better than uneducated guesses.

MOORE: Excuse me?

HOWITT: What are the moral implications of all this?

MOORE: So many. Can it be duplicated? Was their intention to create super people or to cure diseases? Can it cure other conditions? Can it cure all of them? Can they do it without the enhancements? Morally, we’re at best, in a grey area.

BHATT: Though I want to say if this is all true. It’s the greatest scientific achievement of this or any other century.

MOORE: If it’s true. Of course, I’d love a cure for cancer to be real, but there’s too much we don’t know.

BHATT: There are a lot of questions, but it seems that it can be duplicated. The enhanced woman that Mister Ramirez fought seems to have the same abilities as him.

MOORE: And where did she get her enhancements? 

HOWITT: Mister Ramirez did state that he saw no other people being experimented on.

MOORE: Just because he didn’t see it, doesn’t mean it wasn’t concealed from him.

BHATT: Difficult to say. We don’t have all the facts.

MOORE: No we do not.

HOWITT: Currently, according to the Department of Justice, the Sanderson Institute is currently under multiple indictments for violations of human experimentation, from both Federal and international courts. It may be a while before any of the science comes to light. Any last thoughts? Professor?

BHATT: I’m cautiously optimistic about what the future holds for this remarkable innovation. And to any government agencies investigating this, I would be more than happy to assist.

HOWITT: I urge all viewers to NOT stop any cancer treatments they are currently undergoing. We have no evidence that the Sanderson process is safe, repeatable, or even real. If you have questions, please consult your own doctors.

HOWITT: Excellent advice. Thank you both. We will continue to update this story as it develops. We’ll be right back after this brief commercial break.

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