The way of modern science

Four days ago scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute, a private institute for gene research, announced that they have managed to create life from scratch! A synthetic cell was created that started its life on a computer screen. The resulting genome was put into a bacterium and took over, changing the bacterium to its own specifications. The resulting cell was called Synthia. All that in itself would raise enough ethical questions. Some have declared these new findings as an opening of Pandora’s box and wish it to never have happened, while others believe it to be the start of a new era in genetics and as a breakthrough in and for human history. The synthetic cell can lead to new possibilities like disease prevention and new cures, but also to ethical nightmares like made-to-order babies or clones and therefore to the question what a single life is actually worth? Continue reading “The way of modern science”