At 02:37 PM 16/07/00 -0400, Mike Lorrey wrote:
>> > > Still doesn't address the particular (and to my mind reasonable)
>> > > trepidation about remixing genes in ways not pre-tested by
>> > > natural (or indeed human) selection and broadcasting them
>> > > industrial quantities.
< Judy Garland cabaret trimmed >
>Ouch! Now my subconcious is bringing up rude and insulting associations
>with a line from an old song: "If I only had a brain..."
Having got the obligatory rueful grin out of the way, I have to ask:
Is this gibing really all that needs to be said, in reply to the concern
that remixing genes in ways not pre-tested by millennia of natural (or
indeed human) selection and broadcasting them everywhere in industrial
quantities might have horrible consequences?
Even without a brain, a scarecrow might notice some of the nasty field
effects mentioned in Greg's cautionary post about spreading anthropogenic
chemical novelties into the biosystem (hormone analogues poisoning
developmental pathways, etc etc).
[clicking his little red shoes]
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