Making new life from scratch?

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by vniow, Nov 21, 2002.

  1. macrumors G4

    Jul 18, 2002
    I accidentally my whole location.

    Whole article from the Washington Post.
    Free reg required.

    Brings up that whole question of gods and man and what is life again.
  2. macrumors 604


    Aug 9, 2002
    Springfield, OR (Home of the Simpsons)
    Can you say Jurassic Park or should that be Virologic Park. They think they have all the loose ends covered. Life will always find a way.
  3. Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    Quite scary and amazing at the same time - like you said MacBandit, Jurasic Park. But even if it is a new life form, it doesn't mean its going to be a problem or hazard. I'm more worried about further research in the years to come that attempt to create something a little more sinister.

    Even something like a organism designed to eat cancerous cells in your body - sounds great, 'The Cure for Cancer' at last. But what if its designed to get around the body's immune system and do the work on the cancer cells, but gets a mutated strain and desides that healthy cells are just as good. Then all life on the planet would be at risk. This is just one scenario......

  4. macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    Don't these scientists ever watch Sci-Fi?

    We're all doomed.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2002
    I'm skeptical of this. We cannot control life, not even one man creates. Evolution dictates that an organism will evolve in order to improve its survival rate. The fact that these scientists think they can control what this organism can do only says to me that they think they can control evolution. Last time i checked, evolution was based on natural selection, not human based selection. The only evolution we've been able to successfully slow/stop is our own. We're the only species that changes the environment to suit our needs rather than evolving in order to suit our environment. Thats why we're destroying our own planet in the name of progress. What a species we are.....:rolleyes:
  6. macrumors 68030


    Jan 9, 2002
    Ha ha haaa!
    Rimmer: "We're going to diiii-iiieee..."

    As good as their intent may be, we can all see that it will get into the wrong hands one way or another eventually. It always does. We keep trying to play God, and one of these days we're going to wipe ourselves out. I can only hope that I'll be 6 feet under from natural causes before then... :rolleyes:
  7. macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2002
    Santa Fe, NM
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2002
    Notre Dame
    you have a good overall point, just that natural selection works a little differently. animals can not change themselves (evolve) in order to suit their environment. evolution is based on a genetic mutation in the dna, and if this mutation happens to give an advantage, only those with the mutation will survive.
    for example: lets say a random mutation occurs in giraffes that gives them longer necks. if for some reason the only food available is higher than normal giraffes can reach, only the mutated giraffes will be able to eat, and therefore live and reproduce. they pass down the trait of longer necks to their offspring, but meanwhile the "normal" giraffes cant reach the food. they die out, and the mutated giraffes become the more populated. this is evolution- natural selection.
  9. macrumors 6502


    Nah. In my Judeo-Christian belief system, God created life from nothing. Nada. Man is merely trying to dissect a watch, figure out what makes it tick (so to speak), and recreate it. We haven't exactly achieved godhood (nor will we ever).
  10. thread starter macrumors G4

    Jul 18, 2002
    I accidentally my whole location.

    Interesting way of looking at it.
    I like it.
  11. macrumors 6502


    Yeah, but unfortunately, while we are not Godlike in our creative powers, we can be devil-like in what we do with what we RE-create. Some of the alarms I've seen people raise in here I believe are quite valid. These new developments can be used for good (I can only imagine some of the medical applications), or evil (e.g., biological warfare, as some have suggested).

    Thanks for some interesting stories edvniow.

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