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    Re: Scientists Create First Living Organism With 'Artificial' DNA

    Quote Originally Posted by Oftencold View Post

    And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

    Genesis 11:6
    Sorry, I didn't get that memo. But, they have imagined how to create life. And I sayth..."Thats A Goodth Thingth"

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    Re: Scientists Create First Living Organism With 'Artificial' DNA

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    Imagine living 750 years on earth.

    Does that really sound good to you?
    Yes. It sounds incredible. Life is wondrous, the Universe is full of mysteries yet to be plumbed, and there is so much yet to be experienced.

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    Re: Scientists Create First Living Organism With 'Artificial' DNA

    Quote Originally Posted by Demon of Light View Post
    I get why you feel that way, obviously, but I think people who are so enthusiastic about this sort of thing are thinking too much about themselves and not about the general impact on society. What do you think would happen if people could suddenly live forever? You can't very well have people making babies at their current pace, not unless only certain people would be allowed this privilege of radically extended lifespans.
    Unless things change quite a bit before such a breakthrough occurs, obviously those who can afford it will get it first.

    Any number of things could happen from that point.
    Those with longer lives become our ruthless overlords?
    Overpopulation causes wars that cause under-population?
    We find some way to support vastly increased population?

    It's kinda open-ended really.
    Education.

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    Re: Scientists Create First Living Organism With 'Artificial' DNA

    Quote Originally Posted by ChezC3 View Post
    Currently scientists can't make sense of all the data coming in from genomes sequenced in our own DNA and we still have some 10% left to go. Because 85-95% of our DNA appears to be useless(much like our appendix was thought to be until recently, a study has been put up for review showing that it is a storage container of sorts for bacteria for our stomachs to draw from kind of like a reset when it has been attacked by food borne illnesses or other viruses.) that doesn't mean it is and it would be a prudent and wise course of action to thoroughly get a grasp on that before you go playing connect the chromosomes that you synthetically developed.
    It'll happen one way or another. Some bad things will occur, some good.

    In the end we'll be horrified at what some mother****ers did, then take the good parts of their work and save lives with it.


    Weird, that....I realize that I do have one near-religious belief - that humans will survive whatever we try to/accidentally do to ourselves.
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    Re: Scientists Create First Living Organism With 'Artificial' DNA

    Quote Originally Posted by ChezC3 View Post
    Change is inevitable.

    Playing around with things you can't possibly hope to fully understand?

    Stupid.
    Bull**** we can understand. The search for truth will eventually bring the truth. And this truth is one step closer to being discovered.
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    Re: Scientists Create First Living Organism With 'Artificial' DNA

    Quote Originally Posted by Oftencold View Post
    Hysterics much?

    If you'll read with a little more attention, and a little less spleen, you'll see that the passage states that Man can do just about anything he imagines.

    You see how different the world looks when we're calm, and respectful of others?

    And that section of the Book is closer to 3000 years old.

    You might be interested to know, also that a fully integrated personality is quite capable of reading both the Bible, and a tome on recent theories in physics.

    Further, Science is a tool for the pursuit of knowledge. It has not the slightest interest in "improving the world" and will object not at all, any more than would Algebra if it is employed to sterilize the world. Also, yet again, you confuse Technology and Science, which are two different things. To aid you in achieving clarity, you should be wary of any article which says that Science accomplished something rather that Science or people employing Science discovered something. You see?

    Science never built a machine, improved a crop or developed a cure. Certainly, knowledge gained through the use of Science aided the inverters, investors, technologists, industrialists and so forth who created such things through the employment of such things as Technologically based projects, industrialization, and commerce. Even kooks like Tesla and had their place.

    Carry on.
    Science is a systematic search for a truth using observation, creating hypotheses, testing hypotheses, and concluding based on the evidence found. So yes you're right that science has never created a machine itself, but scientists have created machines before, and technology can never be improved or created without the advent of science, so really there is no point to this post as you essentially just regurgitated **** people already know.

    Science did develop cures, it may not have literally developed the cure itself but the research conducted to search for the truth has led to cures so one can argue that science itself has helped develop cures due to it being part of that process. With that in mind it could have also developed everything else we know and generally love today, just not literally create it. Simply discovered it.
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    Re: Scientists Create First Living Organism With 'Artificial' DNA

    Quote Originally Posted by Demon of Light View Post
    I get why you feel that way, obviously, but I think people who are so enthusiastic about this sort of thing are thinking too much about themselves and not about the general impact on society. What do you think would happen if people could suddenly live forever? You can't very well have people making babies at their current pace, not unless only certain people would be allowed this privilege of radically extended lifespans.
    Population control simply at that point. And biological immortality clearly =/= immortality as people think of. Crime will still be a thing, wars will still be a thing, and those people if never replaced would begin to form a massive dent in the human population.

    Plus once we put our foot on Mars to colonize we would have another "discovery of the new worlds" where a tiny ant (us) has to populate an entirely new land, except this time there aren't even people or animals already there. Get to baby making fellows :P
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    Re: Scientists Create First Living Organism With 'Artificial' DNA

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    Yes. It sounds incredible. Life is wondrous, the Universe is full of mysteries yet to be plumbed, and there is so much yet to be experienced.
    And you're going to look like death eating crackers.

    Do you have to work until you're 650 to get Social Security? And what will the world be like with 125 billion people?

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    Re: Scientists Create First Living Organism With 'Artificial' DNA

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    And you're going to look like death eating crackers.

    Do you have to work until you're 650 to get Social Security? And what will the world be like with 125 billion people?
    It's funny because for the scientific developments that will lead to "over-population" there will also be developments that lead to colonization of space which would address said "over-population."

    Brilliant.
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    Re: Scientists Create First Living Organism With 'Artificial' DNA

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Cure cancer, turn on telomerase. Instant immortality.
    They are coming damn close with mice too

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