"It's alive. It's alive!!! It's Alive!!!!"
a story being reported through various news services , scientists have developed the first bacteria cell controlled by a synthetic genome. Obviously, it's a far cry from pumping electricity into a body cobbled together from corpses stolen from graveyards, but it's still pretty exciting.
Sure, there are practical applications. Perhaps an algae to solve global warming by devouring carbon dioxide (of course one would wonder when it would know to stop), or the speeding up of vaccine production. But practicality be damned, as a writer of fantasy and horror, I want to think about how this plays out as a mcguffin in future works of fiction. And what's even more frightening, what is the down side of this? How long before such a development is used for military purposes?
Seems like the creation of life is something that we should applaud, and then stop and think about. It opens a door that can't be closed again. Perhaps before we walk blithely through, or more likely, before we allow something on the other side to make its escape, we should pause and think hard about implications.
I knew someone who would talk about cautious thinking. That person was fond of saying, "Before I do something, I always try and ask myself what the downside might be. I even try and think about what downside I'm not seeing."
Ultimately, this is cause for celebration. While Igor is out getting the bubbly, let's bump fists and chant: "It's Alive!!!" Then, let's stop and glance a few times over our shoulders.