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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Down on the Animal Farm

This is an interesting article on people more interested in climbing the hill than they care if it’s safe to climb. The line that grabs my attention is this:

Just in case, Greely said, the committee recommended closely monitoring the mice's behavior and immediately killing any that display human-like

Okay. See guys, it things like this that are going to get us in real trouble when the super mice get out of control and revolt. How can we expect them to trust us when we are on record as having recommended their deaths before they where even made. The only thing I can think is that when the revolt comes we move the bio-engineers to the front of the line, which should make the lawyers happy.

And here’s another choice one:

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office finally denied their application this year,ruling that the proposed invention was too human: Constitutional prohibitions against slavery prevents the patenting of people.

Newman and Rifkin were delighted, since they never intended to create the creature and instead wanted to use their application to protest what they see as science and commerce turning people into commodities.

Right. Never really planed to make one, eh? Sure.


At May 05, 2005 1:01 AM, Blogger The Evil Jeremy. said...

I read the guidelines somewhere else the other day and was thinking about posting on this very same issue, but ya beat me to it.

Newman and anti-biotechnology activist Jeremy Rifkin have been tracking this issue for the last decade and were behind a rather creative assault on both interspecies mixing and the government's policy of patenting individual human genes and other living matter.

I'm perfectly glad that human-primate blends are out, as chimpanzees weren't so far off of us anyway, last DNA update I got. But it seems this stuff is here to stay, and this Rifkin guy is going to be seen as a flat-earther eventually. Agree? Disagree?

But I'm glad that the industry is making an attempt to write some guidelines, as evidently this is either too hot or too smart for the suits on Capitol Hill to take a stab at yet. Let's just hope there aren't too many guys answering to the name of Moreau and VonFrankenstein lurking about the halls of the biotech world. This stuff gives me the willies.

At May 06, 2005 4:51 AM, Blogger The Evil Jeremy. said...

And by the way: someone describe to me how you'd spot a mouse showing the behaviors of and infant human. What's it going to do? Poop green? Suck it;s thumb? Cry too much? How on earth would you know?

At May 06, 2005 10:16 AM, Blogger Dublin Saab said...

Tool use? I don't know and I'm quite sure niether do they. It's not like the first modern human came out of the birth canal with written language, political theory and calculus at their ready diposal. So I am certain that the world's first human mouse would go through life only a tiny bit more aware than his full mouse friends. Which is to say the revolt is a long ways off... but when it happens!

At May 06, 2005 12:43 PM, Blogger The Evil Jeremy. said...

We already know what happens. We've read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.


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