Re: SOC/BIO Re: George Will joins the Bioluddites

From: Harvey Newstrom (
Date: Wed Jan 24 2001 - 22:56:10 MST

At 11:33 PM -0500 1/24/01, John Clark wrote:
>Brian D Williams <> Wrote:
> >Obviously I think raising and harvesting
> > engineered disencephalatic clones is going to be a slightly more
> >difficult proposition than planting weed seeds in dirt.
>Why would hiding a few pounds worth of synthetic organs be more difficult than
>hiding thousands of tons of marijuana?

Because a bale of marijuana can be stored under any conditions.
Synthetic organs need to be kept in a sterile, temperature-controlled

>Why would the demand for synthetic organs be less than the demand
>for marijuana?

More people get high than replace organs. A person can smoke
multiple joints per day, but will not replace multiple organs per day.

> Why would the profits from the illicit organ trade be less than
>that of the illicit drug trade?

Higher cost of storage and transport, lower volume of demand. The
price would be higher, so profit would be debatable.

> Why would you find few people willing to engage in such a risky but
>enormously profitable enterprise when many thousand take similar
>risks in the drug trade?

Growing plants is low-tech. Growing organs is high-tech. It takes a
higher caliber intellect to grow organs. Statistically, there are
less people of this intellect. Highly skilled people in this field
could probably get rich with less risky jobs in bioengineering.

Harvey Newstrom <>

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