Monday, July 12, 2010

SYNTHETIC LIFE FORMS


Creation
By Emily Cooper



"It's important to watermark and label synthetic organisms".
Craig Venter
(Founder of Synthetic Genomics)



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Maybe it's better to not make these synthetic organisms in the first place.

The word Organism has an innocuous sound, but the words synthetic life form don't.

Or would the human race be better off with some "new blood".

Perhaps it's time for our petroleum-polluted planet to have new forms of life.

We can't wait much longer for benevolent extraterrestrials to save us---

or for malevolent ones who might put us out of our misery.




Below are two letters I wrote in 2005-06.


MEN LIKE GODS

Chimeras. Human-Animal Hybrids.
Lion-Goat-Serpents.
Welcome---once again---to Brave New World.
No need to be invaded by extraterrestrials.
This world is making its own aliens.
Men like gods will do as they want or need to do.
In this case, to create new creatures never before on the planet. A kind of New-age urban renewal.
"The technology is advancing quicker than the regulations," said Osagie Obasogie of the Oakland-based Center for Genetics and Society, which opposes the mixing of human and animal cells.
Of course, this genetic engineering is intended only to do good things.
But we all know about good intentions and where they sometimes go. Take as an example Mr. Atom.
Progress does not put on any brakes.
Tomorrow we might see ourselves in zoos and looking out at the new and improved creatures that we have created.
At least I can dream.





The Human Mouse

Get ready for mice with human brains.

That's not the end of it. There are already pigs with 80% human blood and sheep with human livers.

These chimera are the latest products of our Brave New World.

The mouse with a human brain is the brainchild of the Stanford University's Institute of Cancer/Stem Cell Biology.

The "human" mouse will be made from the stem cells of aborted fetuses.

How noble!

The cat will be in more jeopardy than the brainier mouse in a cat-and-mouse chase.

Science is boldly taking us where perhaps we shouldn’t go.

The Peaceful Atom is not so peaceful anymore.

So, how can we expect mice with human brains to improve Humanity?

“Are you a Man or a Mouse?”

I’m going to eat some cheese and think about it.

Poor mouse!

He was so cute and harmless until he was HUMANIZED.





 IT'S ABOUT RENEWABLE RESOURCES!




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"Lab creates new life form"

By ANDY SOLTIS
May 21, 2010
http://www.nypost.com


It's alive!

Scientists have generated a new form of life, a tiny cell powered by lab-made DNA, they announced yesterday.

The stunning breakthrough, after 15 years, many false starts and $30-plus million of research, opens the door to designer microbes that could fight pollution, vaccinate against diseases and produce biofuels that would replace gas and oil.

J. Craig Venter, of a self-named institute in Maryland, said his 20-member scientific team sewed together pieces of the genetic material of a goat-disease microbe.

He said the result, a kind of genetic "software," was created using just four bottles of chemicals, a computer and a kind of chemical copy-making machine. "This is the first self-replicating species that we have had on the planet whose parent is a computer," Venter said.



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