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From: "John Jardine"
Subject: Re: Apology- Missile Paranoia
Date: Thu, 2 Jan 2003 16:41:45 -0000
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Paul Burridge wrote in message
> On Wed, 01 Jan 2003 22:40:53 GMT, "Anthony Q. Bachler"
> opined thusly:
> >better yet, in experimental organic chemistry, they have recently found a
> >new triple helix sequence of codons with 3 base pairs of 3 positions
> >( normal dna has 2 base pairs of 2 positions each.) This makes fro much
> >better biological weapons eventually as the triple helix is less
> >to mutation both physically and statistically.
> Remarkable. In Richard Dawkins' magnum opus, the Blind Watchmaker, he
> invites the reader to imagine the sum total of all the animals that
> *could* have ever lived as a result of various DNA permutations as a
> voluminous sphere. The ancestries of all the animals that *have* ever
> lived is then represented by thin lightning-like streaks through this
> sphere. The implication being that all the animals we know of only
> constitute a tiny fraction of the possibilities that could have
> arisen, but more importantly, will shortly be 'artificially creatable'
> by DNA manipulation. Wouldn't it be fascinating to create some
> creature that hasn't evolved naturally and see how it copes on release
> into the wild? It's only a matter of time...
> "What is now proved was once only imagin'd"
> - William Blake, 1793
The starter experiments are already running with the use of GM crops. Seems
like the local weeds are quite keen to take up the free offer of pesticide
resistance. Only time will tell what the eventual ramifications will be.
What amuses me, is that the bio-science people never seem to learn their
craft. How many times have these plant and animal 'introduction of foreign
species' episodes backfired?.
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