The Critical 'I'

Read. React. Repeat.

Thursday, November 21, 2002

It begins? The worst fears of biotech Luddites are coming closer to realization with the announcement that scientists are preparing to create a new, single-celled life form.

What a rich subject for rampant speculation--of the good and bad kind. I think the biggest thing that irks people is the concept of "playing God", i.e. creating life. One of the chief roles we imbue into our deities is the exclusive power over life and death. Especially life. This development, along with cloning, organ transplants, even medicine, kind of knocks that exclusivity off its pedestal.

What I find most fascinating is the inevitable social and political shifts that will result from these further developments. It'll be fascinating to watch.