Synthetic life

Philippines
May 21, 2010 9:15am CST
http://ph.news.yahoo.com/afp/20100521/tts-science-us-genome-research-972e412.html the link above is about a recent news about the U.S. researchers claiming to have created artificial life form. Is this playing God or a giant leap for mankind? What do mylotters here think?
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@commanderxo (1496)
• Canada
21 May 10
First of all, the word "artificial", means simply that: "not real", in the sense that we're speaking of here. Therefore, this new "life form" CAN be controlled. Think of this discovery in terms of our ancestral cave dwellers, when they first discovered fire for the first time...my, how EXCITED they must have been. Also, the word "discover", merely means to; "take the cover off" of something that was already THERE, but hidden from view. I for one, am quite pleased and also recall these famous words of encouragement: "Knock, and the door shall be opened." "Seek, and Yee shall find." "Ask, and Yee shall be given." cdrxo
• Philippines
21 May 10
very well said commanderxo! very well said. in spite of many criticism, the team responsible for it is still firm in continuing more studies on the potential of that 'new life' for the benefit of no one else but us. let's just hope that some private sector will not offer to fund the research, else it might be the most dangerous bio-weapon created by man.
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• Canada
22 May 10
Another good point also, although I doubt any of those scientists would even consider or allow for such use; let alone build into it any kind of mechanism for it to be able to "mutate" into something as dangerous as a weapon, no matter WHAT sector was financially responsible for its construction. Why? Well, first of all; it would take an enormous amount of atomic energy to produce for one thing, based on its chemical composition. The synthesis for that type of active atomic behavior, still does not exist to this day...and secondly; no amount of money from "whomever", is going to change that molecular fact. With all due respect...Cold Fusion, is still many years away from developing. No. Their discovery leans more towards it reacting with something on the "lower-end" of biological life-forms. Something like; the cleaning up the Atlantic BP oil spill...AND, if it can do THAT, then I think it would be the perfect place for it's inaugural launch. Now, that's not to say that maybe someday, it "couldn't" be harmful to humans...heck anything's possible these days...I'm just saying that, they're discovery is nowhere near that possibility, at present. However, your observation IS worth noting. There's always that new huge 300 mile Particle Excellerator to consider, isn't there? Hmmmmm? You may just HAVE a point here. Cheers; cdrxo
• India
22 May 10
It is like child playing with a bomb not knowing what the consequences would be. They don't know yet what sort of organism they might release in the environment and what damage it might cause.