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      CommentAuthorJoe Paoli
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2008
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    @stsparky
    This was a subtopic on Science Friday last night. I adore scientists who don't give a toss about Christianity. They're heroes.
    You mean the NPR radio show Talk of the Nation Science Friday? Or something else? I'd like to check it out.
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      CommentAuthorJon Wake
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2008
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    With nano-tech, all you're doing is widening the gap that already exists.


    That argument can be made for any technological progress, ever.

    "Yeah, Ug, but what about all the people who live in a wheel-less society? What about them?"
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2008
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    That argument can be made for any technological progress, ever.

    "Yeah, Ug, but what about all the people who live in a wheel-less society? What about them?"


    Ug/Me: "They get run over."
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    Ug/Me: "They get run over."

    And if the driver is really rich, they back up and do it again, just because they can.
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2008
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    Here's a link:
    Science Friday: Constructing Life Creates Questions of Ethics

    Click on the "Listen Now" button there.


    Talk of the Nation, February 29, 2008 · Scientists are getting closer to creating artificial life in the lab. But is society ready for custom-made organisms? Synthetic biology has the potential to dramatically change fields from agriculture to medicine to zoology. But how will society cope with the ability for a lone researcher to — for example — build a polio virus from scratch in a private lab?

    Paul Rabinow, author of Making PCR: A Story of Biotechnology, and Drew Endy, an MIT professor of biological engineering, talk with guest host Joe Palca about the promise and potential perils of synthetic biology. What protections need to be in place as research proceeds?