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Scientists in Maryland have already built the world's first entirely handcrafted chromosome -- a large looping strand of DNA made from scratch in a laboratory, containing all the instructions a microbe needs to live and reproduce....
...."This raises a range of big questions about what nature is and what it could be," said Paul Rabinow, an anthropologist at the University of California at Berkeley who studies science's effects on society. "Evolutionary processes are no longer seen as sacred or inviolable. People in labs are figuring them out so they can improve upon them for different purposes."
Originally posted by nightelf
This is a BAD idea its right up there with cloneing.
I think we should leave the creation of all life forms to God.
Originally posted by Damocles
but, this could also lead to less desirable outcomes. the idea of "custom built kids" kinda freaks me out. i mean go into your dr's office and select the traits you want your kids to have off a bleedin menu?
but, the possible good outcomes are there too, i mean there is the whole possibility of rewriting your own dna to make subtle changes. a retro-dna fix for cancer?
Maybe we need a list of all scientific experiments going on rather than hearing about some bunch of bods suddenly announcing stuff like this.
I bet the power hungry would use this in a heart beat, creating man-made plagues, and manipulating various forms of life....thats if this got into the wrong hands.......
In an experiment with implications for bioterrorism and the worldwide campaign to eradicate polio, scientists have used poliovirus' widely known genetic sequence to synthesize that virus from the building blocks of DNA and a broth of other chemicals......"Scientifically, the results are not surprising or astounding in any way," says virologist Vincent Racaniello of Columbia University. "The point here, of course, is that the DNA can be synthesized from the [genetic] sequence, and this could be done by any third-rate terrorist."
Originally posted by Badge01
Why do people still claim that ET exposure would be bad for religious reasons?