Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Scientists have created the first synthetic cell. I don’t know how anyone else feels about this type of science but it gives me a chill. I remember reading Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Chessmen of Mars where one race on the Red Planet consisted of heads that scuttled around on tiny legs switching already grown bodies they could control. Would this new ‘immaculate creation’ result in eventual body switching? I don’t know but I hope I’m not around long enough to find out. I can handle the ‘Multiverse’ experiments but this synthetic cell creation stuff is one step too many for me. When science can’t seem to figure a way to cure the common cold it’s hard for me to think of them working with bacteria cells to create synthetic life. I have the same reservations about these people working the particle accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider. There’s a reason they call 23% of the universe Dark Matter and no, I don’t need to shed light on the subject. I’m not comfortable with scientists creating black holes every second while colliding protons at astronomical speeds just to see what tumbles out. I guess now I can be uncomfortable with something new.