May 29, 2010

From J. Patil:

Re: Scientists report first cell controlled by artificial genome (May 20): The first cell made from artificial gene can potentially be a blessing or a curse to humanity. One must remember that this innovation can help countries who want to develop germ based weapons of mass destruction. In the 1940s it was the atomic fission and in 2010 it is a partially man made bacteria. Fooling around with your girl friend can result in unwanted pregnancy but fooling around with mother nature can be potentially dangerous. We are still not sure where the virus of HIV came from.


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