Saturday, May 22, 2010

Brave New Life Update

  • Fr. Thomas Berg, Director of the Westchester Institute for Ethics and the Human Person, suggests that the development "is scientifically fascinating, ethically neutral, and can be a part of something more serious" — New synthetic cell ‘fascinating’ but potentially dangerous, experts caution. Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, president of the Italian Bishops Conference, called it a "further sign of intelligence, God's gift to understand creation and be able to better govern it."

  • "Craig Venter's feat in creating a synthetic microorganism is impressive, but not earth-shattering," cautions Michael Cook — The bacterium whose parent is a computer. Quoted is Harvard’s George Church as saying, "The semi-synthetic mycobacterium is not changed from the wild state in any fundamental sense. Printing out a copy of an ancient text isn’t the same as understanding the language."
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    2 Comments:

    Blogger love the girls said...

    "is scientifically fascinating, ethically neutral, and can be a part of something more serious"

    True. But technology has a tendency to end up being used primarily in rather unfortunate ways.

    Give a man time and money for leisure and he will use it to buy and watch a television. Not buying and using a box of paints.

    What ever the most vulgar common usage is, expect the primary use to gravitate to it.

    12:01 AM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    You're right, but thus far nothing evil has been done with this research. In a perfect (Catholic) world, this would be a stepping stone to some ethical medical breakthrough. In ours, expect some hideous military or industrial application.

    1:36 AM  

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