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I know that this new discovery has probably scared the BEJESUS out of ideologues and the religious who follow a strict script and any wandering departure from such script is a WORLD CATACLYSMIC EVENT. BUT AS THEY SAY... the cat is out of the bag so… DON'T STOP "ME" (SCIENCE) NOW!

I like to think on scientific discovery as good for mankind, that is if the greedy don’t get a hold of it and use it for reasons that will satisfy their lust for power and wealth, to the detriment of us all (like they have done --but not got away with-- so many times in the past)! thinkingblue

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  •  I'm (0+ / 0-)

    not sure if there can be artificial life where everything is a lie anyway.

    Go with the flow, that's what everyone else does.

    Peace Shopper- Saving more than pennies :-)

    by Maori on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 09:34:08 AM PDT

  •  They'll just say "who created the scientists?" (0+ / 0-)

    They've also witnessed evolution in the laboratory as well, but you'll never hear the willfully blind describe what is plain in front of their eyes.

    Recall Rick Snyder!
    "Be excellent to each other. And party on, dudes."

    by terra on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 09:35:45 AM PDT

  •  This is so exciting on so many fronts. Progress (4+ / 0-)
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    bobsc, PeterHug, Lawrence, CanisMaximus

    does not stop in science, no matter how much the fundies would like it stopped.

  •  It uses an existing bacteria (5+ / 0-)

    Although it is an accomplishment, they really aren't creating the organism from scratch, they replace its DNA with one they have created.

    I don't think it is something to be worried about. Even if they got out, these organism probably aren't going to be as hardy as natural organism, which have developed defenses over hundreds of millions of years. A lab is where they will thrive best.

    And if people are concerned about creating some sort of super-weapon germ, we can do that with existing germs.

    The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

    by A Citizen on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 09:43:57 AM PDT

    •  I don't know (0+ / 0-)

      Flu viruses seem to adapt pretty quickly.  If you had a lot of these, viable mutations might start to happen.

      Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

      by yet another liberal on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 10:01:42 AM PDT

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    •  What they have done is not far from (1+ / 0-)
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      what nature does blindly. They have altered the DNA in an organism to create a new one. The difference is that this was done purposefully with the intent to create an organism with particular properties.

      Nature doesn't do that. Nature creates organisms randomly, and those that work survive for a while.

      We cannot win a war crime - Dancewater, July 27, 2008

      by unclejohn on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 10:09:47 AM PDT

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    •  They have already created artificial... (0+ / 0-)

      ... membranes in the laboratory which can hold these nuclei. The probelm they face is that it requires assistance from the scientist to maintain itself, i.e. it's not self-replicating. But they say it's only a matter of time before that's possible.

      "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

      by CanisMaximus on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 12:49:01 PM PDT

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  •  It might be a good idea (1+ / 0-)
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    To find a different planet to test out how these things multiply and evolve.

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 10:05:13 AM PDT

  •  Here's how we solve the CO2 problem (0+ / 0-)

    We create some frankenstein bacteria and put it in the ocean convincing ourselves we have it all under control.

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 10:06:34 AM PDT

  •  sort of off topic (0+ / 0-)

    I met Dr Landrum Shettles at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in the '60s--he claimed to know how to clone people even then.  Later, he was fired from the hospital because they refused to let him do just that--went to Maine, and supposedly succeeded.  It was hushed up--science shouldn't be stopped--but--you can go too far.  Remember, Dr Mengele was not unique.  No simple answers--and no one should be empowered to decide--a true paradox--a conundrum.  I'd probably rule for science over opinion--but threaten misdeeds with jail time.  I know, just kicking the can--I'm not orthodox in anything--my bad?

    Apres Bush, le deluge.

    by melvynny on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 10:34:32 AM PDT

  •  The advances in science that are currently taking (0+ / 0-)

    place are truly astounding.

    The problem is that we are not keeping up with that progress with social advances.

    The suggestion made above by yet another liberal that we should test some of these advances on another planet is actually not that bad of an idea.  In fact, the moon might be a good place for it.

    The moon as a science station... if humanity comes together, that shouldn't be that difficult to achieve.

    We live in interesting times, that much is sure.

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 12:31:43 PM PDT

  •  I think artifical life has existed for (0+ / 0-)

    some time.   Look at the tea partiers and the wing nuts.
    My  Goodness..look at Cheney....the man with no heart..literally.  Scary times if you ask me.

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it !

    by Vetwife on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 01:26:53 PM PDT

  •  Venter is more of an engineer (0+ / 0-)

    than a scientist.  He builds stuff - very technically advanced stuff.  Sequencing the human genome was an amazing engineering feat.  Synthesizing a (known) genome and transforming it into a bacteria is another amazing engineering feat.  Venter is a great businessman and a great engineer, but this "synthesis" of life is mainly just scaling up the work that scientists have been doing for years.  That's not to belittle it, but it's more akin to a great engineering feat than a scientific discovery.

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