"'I have seen the future, and it is now.' Those words came to mind again as I recently listened to Craig Venter, one of those leading the new areas of synthetic genomics and synthetic biology," writes Lawrence Krauss in Scientific American. In the piece, Krauss says the he expects an artificial life-form to be produced soon. He also notes that while some may fear that these new life-forms, either accidentally or on purpose, may wreak havoc on the world, he is not afraid. "At present, the technological know-how associated with developing synthetic biology laboratories with malice aforethought is probably beyond the means of even sophisticated terrorist networks," Krauss writes. "Moreover, it is important not to let misplaced fears of Armageddon unduly restrict scientific work with great potential to benefit humankind."
"The Future is Now"
Feb 17, 2010