According to an article in the April 30th edition of the San Jose Mercury News, synthetic biology is "genetic engineering on steroids."
The article is "cautionary," and I think rightly so.
"Synthetic biologists build artificial organisms using the building blocks of life. While techniques vary, the intent is the same: to create life from scratch." When human beings seek to assume responsibility for building a world alternative to the world of Nature, upon which our human world depends, they put our entire human creation at risk.
Not a good idea!
Sunday, April 1, 2012
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