Frogs, resurrection & the arrogance of science…

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The genome of an extinct Australian frog has been revived and reactivated by a team of scientists using sophisticated cloning technology to implant a “dead” cell nucleus into a fresh egg from another frog species.

The bizarre gastric-brooding frog,Rheobatrachus silus – which uniquely swallowed its eggs, brooded its young in its stomach and gave birth through its mouth – became extinct in 1983.

Now the Lazarus Project team believes they can make him “be” again, as if we are some kind of “God” who can make things “be” from “not being” at will. [1]

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How petty are our definitions! How arrogant are our claims!

Parmenides would turn in his grave hearing such “news”…

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  1. Deegee

    This “hubris of science” schtick is getting belongs in the 1950’s, along with movies about giant mutant bugs attacking southwestern towns. Considering we killed said frog with our environmental rape of this planet, it’s only fair to bring it back. This sort of thinking is only perilous steps away from people who let their children die from curable diseases because of some mentally-ill conceit that ‘God wants it that way’. On the bright side, I’m sure people with that sort of belief will only be rushing quicker to their ultimate reward, so the rest of us can actually get on with actually making real differences on this planet instead of moaning constantly for that lost Eden. The biggest mystery is how people like that justify using computers, which are clearly “Satan’s Engine of Spreading the Evil of Knowledge”, to spread such poisonous anti-progressive opinions on the internet.

    Ciao.

    1. skakos

      What we kill, we kill. Killing and resurrecting sounds like a God-wannabe act… Hybris was the word in the old times for such behaviour… (you could call it “madness” today)

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