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Genetics is an exploding field of study with branching sub-specialties that tunnel into terrifying realms that scientists find too tantalizing to resist. The following article reveals the underlying belief that the Powers of Science ‘know better’. There’s an informative slide show below the original source by Andrew Hessel at Slate.com:
Genetic engineering is the direct manipulation of an organism’s DNA in ways not possible under natural conditions, a tool for programming living things. The outputs can be beneficial, such as new medicines or renewable fuels, or harmful, by design or by accident. Historically, genetic engineering was possible only by trained professionals with sophisticated facilities, limiting the pace and scope of work and allowing some degree of oversight and regulation. “Synthetic biology,” an improved suite of tools for genetic manipulation, is removing these barriers and brakes, significantly changing the landscape. The implications of this could be profound for individuals, for industries, for nations, and even for the planet.