Science fascinates me, but lately it’s been keeping me up at night.
The discipline that keeps catching my attention and stealing my sleep is bio-engineering/ genomics, a favorite.
This time, it started with a newspaper ad for a new exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Nature called “Glowing My Way?” (on bio-luminescence) and remembering an old TED talk by bio ethicist Paul Root Wolfe .
I’m the first to say how happy I was to learn the human genome was finally mapped, that personalized medicine is now almost mainstream, and that our quality of life along with our life expectancy are closer to each other than ever before thanks to regenerative medicine. None of this would be possible were it not for our ability to read the DNA code and combine it in new ways.
Move over Darwin, this isn’t natural selection, it’s artificial selection. Think, evolution 5.0. Evolution with intention moving at the speed of light. Really…
I’ve been following the work being done by Craig Venter for years now. The bio- engineering done in his lab is nothing short of mind bending. This interview of him with David Frost really opened my eyes to how far and fast bio- technologies have advanced and there are hundreds of labs and thousands of scientists doing the same kind of research. It’s here to stay and it changes everything.
What I can’t quite see are the psycho-social-spiritual implications of all this. And in the wee small hours of the morning I seriously question every belief I have about the meaning of life and what makes us human.
Things I thought I had answers for, not written in stone answers but still…