|(Eduardo Kac's GFP Bunny, a fluorescent green bunny made by inserting |
the genes from glowing jellyfish into the embryo of an albino bunny)
|(Scene from blockbuster film, Jurassic Park, Park scientists use frog DNA|
and extracted dinosaur DNA from mosquito's
to create a dinosaur, the dangers of scientific hubris are seen later
in the film when the dinosaurs run wild)
An aspiring doctor and scientist myself, I focus more on the possible benefits of genetic experimentation than the possible detrimental effects of this revolutionary field. Although I think there exists a public fear of this type of experimental science, seen in films like Jurassic Park and Jurassic World, so far, advances in genetic experimentation have been mainly beneficial to society. For example, the genetic modification of plants and crops has allowed for the mass production of food and, thus, the alleviation of world hunger.
Going back to the topic of Jurassic Park, I particularly find the study of genetic manipulation in zygotes to produce hybrid animals or prokarya fascinating. Professor Vesna's mention of Eduardo Kac's GFP Bunny and Joe Davis's Microvenus, reminded me of a similar revolutionary genetic experiment done to a sheep embryo, producing the first ever scientifically created animal clone.
|(The process in which the first animal clone, |
Dolly the sheep was made)
|(Time magazine cover touching on |
one of the many societal implications that
come from this sort of extreme