I wonder when Mary Shelly wrote Frankenstein at the age of 19, if she could even imagine her made up story actually coming true some day.
What an evil world we live in when man decides to play God. What kind of horror is this? I hope I’m outta here by the time they start creating their forms of “life.”
A SCIENTIST has created life in a pioneering laboratory experiment in which a bug was “brought back from the dead”.
It was last night hailed as a breakthrough that opens the door to exciting new technological advances.
But opponents of genetic engineering condemned the experiment as dangerous Frankenstein-style tampering with nature.
Maverick US biologist Dr Craig Venter first extracted the genes from a bacterium called Mycoplasma capricolum.
Then he grew strands of artificial DNA and planted them in the dead bacterium, which revived and began to multiply. Dr Venter said: “This is the first synthetic cell that’s been made. It is an important step.”
Artificial microbes could be developed for tasks like making vaccines or clearing pollution.
RedeemedHippie:[Let us all remember that when government wants to vaccinate the whole human race for our own good.]
But other experts fear the technology could create biological weapons.
Professor Paul Freemont, of Imperial College London, called it “a landmark study”.
He said: “This is a key step in the industrialisation of synthetic biology, leading to a new era.”
Dr Eckard Wimmer, of Stony Brook University. New York, warned: “The possibility of misuse exists.”
And Dr David King, of Human Genetics Alert, said scientists were “playing God”.
Dr Venter insisted the bacterium he used is found in cows, not people. But a relative of it causes pneumonia in humans.
RedeemedHippie:[Nothing good will come of this.]
“An entirely new species.”