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Synthetic Cell: what are the implications

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by monta, May 20, 2010.

  1. monta

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    American scientists have created a cell from scratch, every article on it online that I can see has ended with the ominous phrase, but what are the ethical implications.

    What exactly are the ethical implications :confused:

    BBC News - Ethics concern over synthetic cell
     
  2. Nepenthe

    Nepenthe Tu Stultus Es

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    I do like the BBC for the most part but sometimes the science reporting is a bit "It's Alive!" fear mongering for my taste. The cell isn't completely artificial- the artificial DNA was placed in a normal cell and the DNA is based on existing DNA- but it's the next best thing and 100% artificial cells are pretty much a done deal. Scientists will be able to build designer bacteria within the next decade and the implications are mind boggling.
    Synthetic Genome+Natural Cell=New Life? | The Loom | Discover Magazine
     
  3. monta

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    I am just curious as to why anyone would find it unethical, perhaps it is just blurb.:shrug:
     
  4. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Ignorant Atheist Capitalist Engineer Libertarian

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    Is a bacon tree in our future?
    That would be an ethical use.
     
  5. monta

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    Not in the immediate future soz, it can make more of the most successful organism in the galaxy, [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] Bacteria!
     
  6. Nepenthe

    Nepenthe Tu Stultus Es

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    Meh, there's a buncha bioethicists in the article warning about "playing god" and the usual arguments. There's now a FB page for those opposing the discovery(?). :confused: How the hell does that work?

    Any day now:
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  7. monta

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    In essence that is a facebook page that wants to create a time machine to stop people playing god, I'm for it :D
     
  8. Nepenthe

    Nepenthe Tu Stultus Es

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    We've already gone over the implications of time-travel Monta. Last time you messed with the time/space continuum you messed up and Ireland ended up declaring itself a Republic. :p
     
  9. monta

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    Did you just accuse me of killing Michael Collins? :fight:
     
  10. Kilgore Trout

    Kilgore Trout Misanthropic Humanist

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    The ethical implications is that it's going to freak out a bunch of ignorant, superstitious folks who are frightened by the hubris of science, even though they have no idea what hubris means.
     
  11. Nepenthe

    Nepenthe Tu Stultus Es

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  12. dust1n

    dust1n Zindīq

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    I don't think there are any ethical implications.

    Further more, any use of this technology can be used ethically or unethically.
     
  13. Breathe

    Breathe Bitter Edgelord :^)

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    GOD will smite us down because of the sin!!!111one :eek:

    I can't see any ethical implications are, really. Except the possibility of using these cells to grow beings for organ harvesting? I know someone said they would begin creating humanoid slaves to do menial chores because they didn't have a consciousness. I did laugh at this. :D

    Probably the worst implication it may have is that it will make Raelianism look more appealing to some people.
     
  14. Mathematician

    Mathematician Reason, and reason again

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    Might be interesting to see if androids will be cellular organisms like us instead of slabs of metal.
     
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