Thursday, January 12, 2006

Bioluminescent Bacon

Like many people, I haven't done a whole lot of thinking about the ethics of genetic research. I'm embarrassed to say that I can't exactly tell you what a stem cell is. Nevertheless, I do understand that the things scientists are able to do - and the things they will be able to do very soon - implicate profound questions about whether we, as an ethical society, should be able to do, or even attempt, such things.

Today's revelation of glow-in-the-dark pigs is a splash of cold water to my languor concerning the ethics of genetic research.

Did any of you seriously think this would happen in your lifetime? A group of Taiwanese scientists have bred bioluminescent pigs by injecting pig embryos with jellyfish DNA. I'm completely serious when I wonder how far we are from a real-life Peter Parker, whose embryo was injected with spider DNA with interesting results.

On one hand, it is mind-blowingly cool that scientists devised these glowing pigs. On the other, it is frightening to think about what we're becoming capable of.

via boingboing


Drew, Amber and Megan said...

Dr. Suess would be proud

Kristen said...

This is so scary!