Jeremy Hsu writes:
Engineering new synthetic organisms offers promise of fighting disease and even global warming, but also comes with risk. Now two-thirds of Americans surveyed in a new poll say the field should move forward, while one-third supports a ban until researchers better understand the possible consequences.
The field, called synthetic biology, worries some due to its possible impacts related to biological weapons and potentially harmful health effects on humans.
President Obama has ordered a presidential commission to figure out what role government should play in both encouraging and regulating synthetic biology research. Just over half of the 1,000 poll participants said the U.S. government should regulate, while only 36 percent believed in relying on voluntary guidelines developed jointly by industry and government.
That majority belief in government regulation matches views about nanotechnology that emerged in earlier polls by Hart Research Associates and the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.
"The message then and now is that there's not a lot of public trust in the industry to self-regulate," said David Rejeski, director of the science and technology innovation program at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Synthetic biology gained recent attention when researchers led by J. Craig Venter announced they had transplanted a synthetic genome into a living cell in May.
So I guess we aren't the only ones worrying about what can happen when you try to play god. Everything that can do good eventually will be exploited and the fear of that here is more than apparent.
The most popular currently being developed use of the synthetic genomes are in Flu vaccines. Why would you let yourself be injected with possible SUPERZOMBIEVIRUSCELLS! Oh wait, half of you probably don't even know what the regular flu vaccine cotains so I'll fill you in
Recipe for disaster:
Dead cancer cells from animals
Thimerasol (preservative, many people are allergic such as myself)
Embryonic fluid from chickens, mmm egg sauce.
Stop being stupid, so what if you get a little achy for a few days. Better than being a zombie.