New Life Forms?

No, I am not talking about Star Trek and space and aliens. I am looking at E coli microbes that have been modified to carry an expanded genetic code which researchers say will ultimately allow them to be programmed. Now, the first living organisms to thrive with an expanded genetic code have been made by researchers in work that paves the way for the creation and exploitation of entirely new life forms. Frankenstein-ish or supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?

new organisms

How can science help in order to “eliminate the fear of the unknown”?  Is it ethical to weigh the benefits against the potential costs (and in this case the benefits include new and better drugs) and decide that this is good for mankind? Can we do anything to halt this march of technological advance? Should we instead embrace this advance and instead try and mitigate the ethical and moral conundrums?



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