Humans trying to become GOD ?

United States
May 29, 2007 12:49pm CST
Well, now, that would be a good story wouldn't it? Human beings trying to become GOD? They are trying to invent and create an all new life from. I do not know what else to call it, except trying to become GOD. With the best of scientific intentions there are scientists trying to recreate DNA, genomes, and all that other neat organic microbiological stuff that's needed to create actual life. Wow! In the words of one the scientists involved, "The genetic code is over 3 billion years old, it's time for a rewrite.". There's more to this story at this url: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18882828/site/newsweek/ I wish these guys luck as I do not think mankind can create a new life form. As far as I am concerned, they are welcome to try. What do you say? Would you stop these people from performing their experiments? Or is this a good idea sure to contribute to mankind's scientific knowledge?
5 responses
• Indonesia
30 May 07
hm i don't agree with that because in my opinion, GOD still the highest ruler in this world, don't care how smart humans or how amazing tools that human created we must down to earth and must realize that we can do all of that because of the power for GOD..
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• United States
30 May 07
I would agree with you that GOD is still the highest ruler in the world. Man's achievments will always pale in comparison. I still do not think scientists will be able to create life in the lab. I'm willing to be proven wrong, but they will have to prove it.
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@lisaneuc (56)
• United States
29 May 07
Why would we want to stop science that could, conceivably, provide cancer cures, save lives currently lost to malaria and produce cheap, environmentally friendly fuel? Sounds like a win-win-win situation to me.
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• United States
29 May 07
I would not stop them from trying to create life, but I still doubt if they can do it. Perhaps, they can synthesize DNA and genomes, but how to animate it with a will to survive and able to reproduce itself? A comparable example would be to build a car that before it wore out built its own replacement and helped you to avoid accidents because it wanted to live. Now, that would be a car, eh? Seriously, they should proceed but with maximum caution.
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• United States
29 May 07
Hmmm... reading over my comment I realized that the horse was a living form of transportation similar to that hypothetical car!
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@estherlou (5020)
• United States
29 May 07
These guys actually sound scary. It is easy to be subjective and look at things from a purely academic standpoint, which is what they sound like. When you do that, you don't look at the bigger picture or think of possible consequences to the actions you take. That's what is scary. Who knows what kind of frankensteins they might come up with?
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@estherlou (5020)
• United States
30 May 07
Good one.
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@stribijev (229)
• Poland
30 May 07
To my mind, the nature of progress is so specific, one can't stop it unless it stops bringing profit. But I agree no new man-like form if life can be created, as nothing artificial can last long, only the hard-beaten naturally evolved forms can survive in the world, so let them experiment!
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• United States
30 May 07
Yours is likely an accurate prognostication.
@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
30 May 07
I am of two minds with this one...on the one hand I could see where it might help in the medical field, and who knows?...They might actually get some of the results they want. On the other hand, there is the reality that every new breakthrough has a dark side, and in this case biological weapons comes to mind. Maybe all of that extra DNA information that they don't understand has a use after all...such as keeping the DNA from behaving in an undesirable way? After all, the article did say there was no manual, and they don't understand what they are dealing with. I think the term "unintended results" could apply if these scientists are not careful.
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• United States
30 May 07
Unintended results, indeed. Everything about this project, if successful, will be an unintended result. Life by definition has a will of its own. No matter what scientists may have intended with life they create it will evolve and behave of its own accord in its own best interests.