biotechnology by joseph hernandez


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Human’s can create art and manipulate science to do many wonderful things. They can also control the two and put them together to create something that the world has never seen. For example, a mouse with what resembles a human ear on its back.

Is this art? Is this science?

mouse-with-ear

At what point does creativity and artistic vision turn into an appalling misuse of knowledge? When does the brilliance of an artist turn into a scientific atrocity? I can’t really tell the difference because I can see both sides of the story. The ability to make a creation like a rat with an ear on it seems fantastical and to actually bring a vision like that into fruition would be absolutely exhilarating. However, what right does any human have to manipulate the nature of another creature? Would the human race not have a major issue if some foreign species tried putting tentacles on our backs? Would we let this happen to ourselves; and if not, why would we do it to other creatures? And even if we were to play both sides of the game, where do we draw the line? What is okay for the sake of science and art but when have we taken it too far?  <!– /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:”Cambria Math”; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:1; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:0 0 0 0 0 0;} @font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-1610611985 1073750139 0 0 159 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:”"; margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:10.0pt; margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:”Calibri”,”sans-serif”; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:”Times New Roman”; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:”Times New Roman”; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} .MsoPapDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; margin-bottom:10.0pt; line-height:115%;} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} –>
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I think in this case where you are physically manipulating an animal to see if you can alter its appearance is one step too far. If it for instance was able to mystically cure cancer because of its new appendage than that would be a different story. However, I think that scientists and artists need to evaluate the benefits to society of their creations before potentially harming anyone or anything.

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