Wednesday, October 28, 2009

"no safety issues for a long time"

Artificial life 'could be created within five years' according to THIS article in the Telegraph. It is not surprising that this has raised safety concerns, given all of the books and films that play off of the Frankenstein motif, where the scientist creates life that then becomes a threat to the human race.

In response to the safety concerns, the Telegraph article reports that scientists are assuring us that “there would be no safety issues for a long time.” This is because any initial organisms would be very primitive and need large-scale life support systems to be sustained.

“No safety issues for a long time”? What is that supposed to mean?
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