I was cruising The Drudge Report for some brain relief after five hours of focus and came upon this article on creating synthetic life forms. The article is about a scientist named Craig Venter who is trying to create life from scratch.
Craig’s credentials are pretty good. Previously he helped sequence the first privately-held map of the human genome. This time he’s trying to construct a working genetic sequence using a process called synthetic biology.
The article raises the question: how do you go about sparking life once you’ve put the pieces together in the right way? I suggest referring to Mary Shelley’s synthetic biology research in her thesis entitled "Frankenstein."
The idea of wanting to create your own customized creatures isn’t new. Back in 1926 Stalin had the bright idea of creating his own army of half-human half-monkey super warriors to fight the capitalists. Yes, you read that right. Monkey Super Warriors.
If Craig and his bookish gangstas are successful they could be able to to safely make environmentally friendly industrial chemicals, create a limitless supply of clean energy and build something to make superman walk again. My hope is that they are successful and are also able to create the liger my brother wants for Christmas.