Monday, December 29, 2008

Now this is a comforting thought.....

Apparently homebrew genetic experimentation is on the rise.... I wonder, how long before something nasty finds it's way out of a kitchen sink and into the general population? What happens when that glowing green yogurt also causes cancer? You'll note that the woman pictured in the above article is not wearing any kind of PPE and is not working with any kind of isolation facility (glove box, vent hood, etc....) so there is nothing to keep airborne bacteria (or an errant sneeze) out of the mix. How do you keep someone from turning this technology into a terrorist weapon? How do you keep someone from say mixing antibiotic resistance genes into say Cholera? or modifying adenoviruses (the common cold) to insert cancer genes into human cells?

H/T Ace

Crossposted to CR4


Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a medical microbiologist I can tell you that antibiotic resistance is easily transferred in nature and the laboratory; cancer and dozens of other genes have been transferred into viruses that carry the genes into other species (man included); and there is no effective way of stopping terrorists from using genetic engineering to produce biological weapons. Literally thousands of laboratories around the world are capable of conducting such genetic engineering studies.

December 29, 2008 8:28 PM  

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