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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-22-10 04:20 PM
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First round of ill-informed objections to the first synthetic bacterium
http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/05/first_round_...

"I've been following the reaction to the synthesis of a new life form by the Venter lab with some interest and amusement. There have been a couple of common directions taken, and they're generally all wrong. This is not to say that there couldn't be valid concerns, but that the loudest complaining voices right now are the most ignorant."


The article addresses the reaction from the following categories:

Hysteria and Fear-Mongering
Playing God
Total Confusion
Denial

"All of the denialist arguments are basically errors based on their misunderstanding of Venter's experiment and evolution in general. Be prepared, they will be recycled heavily."

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Some of the reactions have been seen at DU, too. The article is worth a read, as it explains the fallacies of each response quite well, IMO.

Cheers.
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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-22-10 04:25 PM
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1. Agree that it's much ado about nothing
It's difficult to read opinions of people who have no background nor understanding of biology and genetics but yet are deathly concerned about this.

Basically this is just a technical advancement and represents no fundamental change in what's been happening in molecular biology labs over the past several decades.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-22-10 10:25 PM
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2. Since the 70s our society has developed a disgusting degree of technophobia.
It started with anti-Nuclear garbage and spread from there, like a cancer.
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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-23-10 11:07 AM
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4. +1 (Another reason I love Specter's TED talk.)
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Geoff R. Casavant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-22-10 11:17 PM
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3. I for one welcome our new bacterial overlords n/t
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