Jurassic Park was a cautionary tale about genetic manipulation. Could that actually happen? Why or why not?

Jurassic Park was a cautionary tale about genetic manipulation. Could that actually happen? Why or why not? (The fourth of five questions I may be asked tomorrow as part of a panel on DNA and ethics.) I’ve only seen the first two movies, so I can’t really comment on the technical details as presented in the books (where I imagine they are presented in more detail). I hope I don’t…

Will the human genome diminish humanity by taking the mystery out of life?

Will the human genome diminish humanity by taking the mystery out of life? (The third of five questions I may be asked tomorrow as part of a panel on DNA and ethics.) We’ve had the human genome all along; its been here all along, just like gravity existed before Newton. What’s new is the Human Genome Project — is a vast scientific effort to identify and catalogue all 3 billion…

1

What are the potential injustices or misuses of DNA information?

What are the potential injustices or misuses of DNA information? (The second of five questions I may be asked tomorrow as part of a panel on DNA and ethics.) According to the Human Genome Project’s website on genetic legislation, no laws have yet been passed regarding the use of genetic information in healthcare, employment, and so forth. Already, insurance companies collect all sorts of statistical data about life expectancy and…

1

Is our fate in our genes or in our stars?

Is our fate in our genes or in our stars? (The first of five questions I may be asked as part of a panel on DNA and ethics.) I’ll take “in our stars” as a metaphor for something like “determined by the cosmos,” rather than a literal reference to astrology. I don’t think the average person has any real understanding of what genes do or how they affect us; Richard…

Surfers switch off TV for PCs

On average, internet users spend three and a half hours a day on the internet compared with 2.8 hours a day watching television. | The research, which is the first to suggest the internet has overtaken the television as the most popular medium among people who have both, will provide further grist to the mill of those who argue the web will eventually spell the end of linear television. –Owen…