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The researchers constructed a bacterium's "genetic software" and transplanted it into a host cell. The resulting microbe then looked and behaved like the species "dictated" by the synthetic DNA. The advance, published in Science, has been hailed as a scientific landmark, but critics say there are dangers posed by synthetic organisms. The researchers hope eventually to design bacterial cells that will produce medicines and fuels and even absorb greenhouse gases.
But critics say that the potential benefits of synthetic organisms have been overstated. Dr Helen Wallace from Genewatch UK, an organisation that monitors developments in genetic technologies, told BBC News that the use of synthetic bacteria could be dangerous. "If you release new organisms into the environment, you can do more harm than good," she said. "By releasing them into areas of pollution, you're releasing a new kind of pollution. "We don't know how these organisms will behave in the environment." Dr Wallace accused Dr Venter of playing down the potential drawbacks. "He isn't God," she said, "he's actually being very human; trying to get money invested in his technology and avoid regulation that would restrict its use."
Originally posted by gortex
reply to post by Thain Esh Kelch
That's true but as Frankenstein discovered to his cost these creations can turn round and bite you on the butt .
I am not sure humanity has the maturity to be playing with this stuff just yet , how long till the military decides that this could be the ultimate weapon .
This could be bigger than the A-Bomb
Thain Esh Kelch
Yeah, but even a fork can be a deadly weapon
Dr Helen Wallace from Genewatch UK, an organisation that monitors developments in genetic technologies, told BBC News that the use of synthetic bacteria could be dangerous. "If you release new organisms into the environment, you can do more harm than good," she said.
Originally posted by dizziedame
Scientist used other creations of God to make something else.
Leave God's cells and other things alone and go get your own ingredients.
This new discovery is just playing with God's creations.
Man cannot create anything. Man can mix and match and come up with what might be a monster or the cure for all disease but the ingredients were here already created by God.
God did give man the ability to think and reason and use what He had already made for us.