Quite a mind boggling announcement that 'has been hailed as a scientific landmark, but critics say there are dangers posed by synthetic organisms....' click here
There is the potential for good things to come from this landmark research, as described in the article, but will or should it be allowed to progress further or not? For myself, I believe synthetic biology should continue, but under the strictest of regulation at all times. TC.
I have to say that in this case if this sort of research can help people then I am all for it.
This year alone I have lost one very good friend to skin cancer and another 2 have been diagnosed with advanced prostrate cancer, one of those friends is only 45, still very young with what should be years ahead of him.
The problem is not with the research but what is done with the outcome of it. You only have to look at what has been done with nuclear weapons, instead of better nuclear reactors to solve energy demands you have bigger, better weapons to kill every one.
I tend to agree with you on what you say in your last paragraph. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that certain US scientists are already at work studying the possible military aspects of this disclosure. Should they discover anything suitable of 'weapons grade' quality then it will, I'm afraid, be secretly whisked away from under the eyes of any regulation authority. TC.
We could always ban it and go back to dying before we get to 50 or so.
When I've spoken to people in the past that were born in the Victorian era, they seem to have coped quite well with all the changes that the 20 century brought... no reason to expect that we can't cope with even more changes over the next century.
Is it truly science fiction stuff finally starting to becoming a reality? A bit frightening. Can you imagine a semi-biological computer? Created as a soldier? On the other hand if it can aid in curing cancer and other diseases then, used in the right hands, it's a great achievement.