This is non simply another Breaking News. The media (not only inward India, but globally) has failed to empathise the grave implications it has inward shop for the hereafter of humanity. That is why the tidings is buried inward the within pages. Also, because it has no immediate threat to the Wall Street, the media has no argue to question.
I am talking of the tidings study which goes something similar this as far as the headlines are concerned: “Pioneering geneticist creates synthetic life.” Craig Venter as well as his squad pave manner for designer organisms, says 1 newspaper. This is the foremost fourth dimension that someone is trying to play God. In fact, God at 1 time has competition.
Craig Venter has created the foremost synthetic jail cellular telephone controlled past times a synthetic genome. “This is the foremost synthetic jail cellular telephone that’s been made,” said Pb researcher Craig Venter. “We telephone band it synthetic because the jail cellular telephone is totally derived from a synthetic chromosome, made amongst iv bottles of chemicals on a chemic synthesiser, starting amongst data inward a computer.”
The manner genetic applied scientific discipline is at 1 time becoming an out-of-garage activity, as well as inward many colleges/universities students are involved inward diverse permutation as well as combinations to motility genes across microbes, I am for certain worried. I am sure millions across the globe would locomote every bit worried. Society cannot view this breakthrough lightly. We cannot allow this overstep as withal approximately other evolution inward genetic engineering. It has grave as well as frightening implications. People must strength the governments to wake up, as well as analyse the threat.
I am aware that some would experience excited. After all, it heralds the dawn of a novel era amongst possibilities of organisms providing human spare parts as well as and thence on. As I convey said often, the path to hell is paved amongst skillful intentions. This path for certain leads us to hell, amongst no speed breakers on the way.
It is the get-go of a Grave New World.
The solar daytime is non far away when nosotros volition convey a parallel assort of life, approximately other living race amidst us. Whenever homo has tried to beverage genetic applied scientific discipline from Gods, as is evident from Ramayana and Mahabharta, the 2 bang-up Indian epics, he has only turned into an evil force.
The solar daytime is also non far away when biological warfare volition larn a novel meaning, amongst human, animate existence as well as bacterial clones as well as chimeras roaming the planet. The latest version of Avtar will locomote a reflection of the to a greater extent than deadly as well as sinister forms that synthetic life tin create. This time, the creator of the world, the ultimate ability (if religious scriptures are to locomote believed) volition non come upward downwards on the footing to larn rid of this evil force.
I am non a religious person. But at the same fourth dimension I hit non back upward scientific discipline as well as engineering to stay exterior the command of the society. We cannot allow scientific discipline to locomote left to the within of the board rooms of the corporates. Few people sitting inward a board room cannot locomote left to decide what is skillful for us. It has gone on for long, as well as Earth is facing the negative consequences through global warming. Synthetic life is a far likewise serious a threat, as well as no greenhouse accord tin contrary the deadly fallout.
It is high fourth dimension nosotros woke up, as well as locomote counted.
Pioneering geneticist creates synthetic life http://www.thehindu.com/2010/05/21/stories/2010052164011600.htm
Craig Venter & squad pave manner for designer organisms
U.S. geneticist Craig Venter as well as his squad convey built the genome of a bacterium from scratch as well as incorporated it into a jail cellular telephone to brand what they telephone band the world’s foremost synthetic life assort inward a landmark experiment that paves the manner for designer organisms that are built rather than evolved.
The controversial feat, which has occupied xx scientists for to a greater extent than than 10 years at an estimated damage of $40 million, was described past times 1 researcher as “a defining instant inward biology.”
Dr. Venter said the achievement heralded the dawn of a novel era inward which novel life was made to hit goodness humanity, starting amongst bacteria that churn out bio-fuels, soak upward carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as well as fifty-fifty industry vaccines.
However critics, including approximately religious groups, condemned the work, amongst 1 organisation alert that artificial organisms could escape into the wild as well as effort environmental havoc or locomote turned into biological weapons. Others said physician Venter was playing God.
The novel organism is based on an existing bacterium that causes ‘mastitis’ inward goats, but at its substance is an only synthetic genome that was constructed from chemicals inward the laboratory.
The single-celled organism has iv “watermarks” written into its deoxyribonucleic acid to position it as synthetic as well as assist line its descendants dorsum to their creator, should they become astray.
“We were ecstatic when the cells booted upward amongst all the watermarks inward place,” physician Venter told the Guardian. “It’s a living species now, purpose of our planet’s inventory of life.” physician Venter’s squad developed a novel code based on the iv letters of the genetic code, G, T, C as well as A, that allowed them to push clit on the whole alphabet, numbers as well as punctuation marks to write the watermarks. Anyone who cracks the code is invited to e-mail an address written into the DNA.
The enquiry was reported online on Th inward the magazine Science.
“This is an of import footstep both scientifically as well as philosophically,” physician Venter told the journal. “It has certainly changed my views of definitions of life as well as how life works.” The squad at 1 time plans to exercise the synthetic organism to locomote out the minimum release of genes needed for life to exist. From this, novel micro-organisms could locomote made past times bolting on additional genes to hit useful chemicals, pause downwards pollutants, or hit proteins for exercise inward vaccines.
Julian Savulescu, professor of practical ethics at Oxford University, said: “Venter is creaking opened upward the almost profound door inward humanity’s history, potentially peeking into its destiny. He is non simply copying life artificially … or modifying it radically past times genetic engineering. He is going towards the purpose of a god: creating artificial life that could never convey existed naturally.” This is “a defining instant inward the history of biological scientific discipline as well as biotechnology,” Mark Bedau, a philosopher at Reed College inward Portland, Oregon, told Science.
Dr. Venter became a controversial figure inward the 1990s when he pitted his quondam company, Celera Genomics, against the publicly funded seek to sequence the human genome, the Human Genome Project. physician Venter had already applied for patents on to a greater extent than than 300 genes, raising concerns that the companionship powerfulness claim intellectual rights to the edifice blocks of life. — Guardian News & Media 2010