If it CAN Be Done…
Yes, It’s Possible. But…
I won’t be able to do justice to this topic now, but did want to bring it up (as if a post here made a ripple in even the smallest pond!) because I think this is going to be a very large bioethical matter to consider and probably will stun the world with how quickly it will move from the present “almost creating life in the lab” to the full blown capability to produce “designer cells”.
It will be done for all the right reasons–produce more food, cure more diseases, reduce oil and CO2 pollution, make cheap energy.
And it will be perhaps the most powerful two-edged sword technology has ever created, both stunningly powerful for both good and evil.
Venter bothers me, and has for a decade. He’s a scientist with dollar signs in his eyes, and powerfully clever and persistent and ambitious. Be careful.
“If it can be done, it should be done.” That might be described as the mission statement for the application of technology at the behest of American industry and corporate shareholders. The word hubris comes to mind.
In light of our present predicament in the Gulf of Mexico, I’d prefer to proceed with both caution and humility. We won’t.
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