synthetic biology

Obamaethics: Disappointing Bioethics Commission Report Punts on Regulating “Synthetic Life”

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC President Obama’s bioethics council, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, has been kept out of the most intense bioethical controversies, such as the Obamacare debate. But, after scientists announced the creation of the first “synthetic life,” Obama wisely tasked his commission with […]

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Regulate Synthetic Life Science While the Horse is Still in the Barn

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The media was all atwitter a few weeks ago when scientists announced that they had created synthetic life. Technically, that isn’t true—if by synthetic life one means creating life out of non life. Rather, scientists took a living bacterium, removed its genetic content, and replaced […]

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Regulate Synthetic Life Science While the Horse is Still in the Barn

The media was all atwitter a few weeks ago when scientists announced that they had created synthetic life. Technically, that isn’t true—if by synthetic life one means creating life out of non life. Rather, scientists took a living bacterium, removed its genetic content, and replaced it with a manufactured genome of a different species. The […]

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Synthetic Life Concerns Primarily About Safety — For Now

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Just because we can do something in science, that doesn’t mean we should do it. That verity should be kept in mind as we ponder the news that scientists have created an artificial bacterium using synthetic genes. From the story: Scientists in the US have […]

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I am creating artificial life

Always surrounded by controversy, Craig Venter, “has built a synthetic chromosome out of laboratory chemicals and is poised to announce the creation of the first new artificial life form on Earth.” Read the full story in the Guardian. No need for alarm though, as Venter has assured us that he has carried out an ethical […]

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