Monthly Archives: August 2007

Artificial Life, Death, etc…

For our neighbours to the south, this week has been filled with news revelations. My favorite highlights are "9 guns for every 10 Americans" (paraph.) Yes, they are armed to their teeth. USA has been identified as the most armed nation in the world. I am well aware of the worn-out, dusty mothball of a statement: "Guns don't kill people. People kill people." They are right. People do kill other people. But let’ face it, when were your morning papers clustered with news of "Murdered by a Teaspoon"? Mine neither. Let’ face it – guns make it easier to kill other people.

On the other hand, we seem more than happy to create life. Today, one more announcement has cropped up related to generating artificial strands of DNA. Article by CNN provides a pretty wide coverage of the different approaches taken to create basic life using basic DNA building blocks. Creating first signs of lab life forms is estimated to be anywhere from 3 to 10 years, but that estimate seems a bit too optimistic. Considering its coverage (CNN), it sounds a bit like a plea for funding, rather than a realistic estimate. Either way, it is only a matter of time for such process to take place, and it brings out interesting and exciting ideas and questions.

NY Times: One Dead and Two Wounded in Bronx Shooting
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CNN: Artificial life likely in 3 to 10 years
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