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  •  If you really believe this: (2+ / 0-)
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    p gorden lippy, janemas
    Seems to me that there ought to be a rule that you can't mess with living systems in the ways the technology now lets inventive and narrowly focused "geniuses" do the kind of stuff they potentially do and maybe are already doing, unless the "geniuses" can demonstrate they know all the potential failure modes and destructive outcomes and are slam-dunk sure that no bad thing is going to happen.

    ...then we might as well close up shop at all research institutes.  Because creating transgenic model organisms for the purpose of modeling and researching human disease is techincally "messing with living systems".  Except not in a nefarious manner than you seem the claim is inevitable.

    Like cloning humans, just like the Raelians said they had done way back in 2001.  Except they have never produced any such thing.

    And talk about condescending, with your "geniuses" in quotations...

    "Give me a lever long enough... and I shall move the world." - Archimedes

    by mconvente on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 01:41:44 PM PST

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    •  and I would add that all technology and (2+ / 0-)
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      mconvente, mattc129

      knowledge can be misused.

      Fire can warm you and cook your food or burn your village.

      Computers can link us together or guide missile strikes.

      Planes can move us or be flown into buildings.

      Guns can protect us and get us food or kill us.

      Satellites can save lives with better weather forecasts or they can spy on us.

      Calculus can figure out how much concrete is needed to fill a certain shape hole or how to lob artillery accurately.

      Knowledge of language can be used in the service of good or evil, as can architecture, etc. etc.

      So, too with knowledge of molecular biology. It doesn't mean that we shouldn't continue to explore and find out how things work.

      It's a matter of human good will and vigilance. On the vigilance front, many probably are unaware of the ridiculously  stringent controls (wiki link)  molecular biologists put upon themselves to prevent any unforeseen consequences of recombinant DNA.

      Fear is the mind-killer - Frank Herbert, Dune

      by p gorden lippy on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 02:21:11 PM PST

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