Kris Ganjam wrote:
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> From: Library News Service
> Sent: Wednesday, July 01, 1998 3:44 PM
> To: Daily Newswire Subscribers
> Subject: Industry: Bill Gates' Column (NYT Syndicate) 7/1/98
> Q&A: Will Life Spans Increase or Decrease?
> by Bill Gates
> The New York Times Syndicate
> Q. Can you please share a few of your thoughts regarding cloning and its
> role in biotechnology? Brian Schmidt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
> A. I'm against cloning humans. It's such a disturbance of the natural order.
> My aversion is not based on a belief that we're in collective peril as a
> result of cloning-it's not likely to generate massive disease. My distaste
> is more a moral thing.
This is a truly mind-boggling comment. Here we have someone who has made an enormous amount of money marketing a crappy operating system, arguably about as much "a disturbance of the natural order" as you can get, and he's against cloning? Sheesh. Talk about ungrateful.
> Genetic diversity is the natural roll of the dice in the process of how
> parents' genes are put together. When you manipulate that, you're really
> toying with something quite fundamental.
What about manipulating diversity in the operating and applications system market? Pot. Kettle. Black.
> I endorse bioengineering of plants, however. Great benefits will be derived
> from plants that are improved through careful engineering.
So bioengineering plants is okay, bionegineering humans isn't. Hmmm. I smell a rat.
Arrrgh. I was going to write more about the rest of his comments but there's just no point.
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