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Re: Insert a Single Spider Gene into a Female Goat. Milk Regularly. Got Silk.

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Posted by GoatWorld on June 25, 2002 at 23:20:55:

In Reply to: Insert a Single Spider Gene into a Female Goat. Milk Regularly. Got Silk. posted by Mary on June 25, 2002 at 17:08:49:

Hi Mary,

Thank you for sharing this. I've been trying to follow this biotechnology for the last few months. It seems that it is now coming out full-force to the press. Just a quick note/reminder for anyone here who didn't know:
On the very front page of GoatWorld (http://www.goatworld.com), there is an article selection feature that lists every current article written about goats (even if the article does not pertain to goats but contains the word "goat" in the text). This is real helpful on finding out the latest news on anything "goat".

What I know about all the spider and goat stuff:

Nexia Bio Tech is the company behind it. You can view their website at:
http://www.nexiabiotech.com

Twenty years ago, computers were the up and coming thing. Remember when just setting the clock on your VCR was a task for a genius? Twenty years later and now we are again on the verge of another technological breakthrough: medicine merges with technology. We are going to be hearing about and seeing things that were once regarded as the rants and raves of madmen. It's just the tip of the iceberg.

It is very intriguing and ironic that goats would be among one of the first animals to be used for an experiment that has merged their DNA with that of a spider - the result is "biosteel". A steel five times stronger than any steel yet manufactured. Amazing. Simply amazing.

Oddly enough I hate spiders. I love my goats. There's not a man alive I'm afraid of but one little spider can get me dancing like a cat on a hot tin roof. So that part of this does make my skin crawl. But I'd like to see the whole thing emerge as part of expanding our knowledge and technology as a human race.

Is it ethical and morally correct? Yes and no. From one view, don't mess with Mother Nature. But we've already messed with her in the past so the trend of scientific thinking is to continue doing so.

From another view, we are entering an area where areas of medicine will be greatly improved and hopefully cures for some of our deadliest diseases and afflications can be discovered along the way.

The middle of the roadview though is the sad part:

There is always going to be that certain percentage of our population that has a dark side and will use this type of technology as a tool of ill-will upon fellow man. If we could work as hard eliminating the bad elements from this world as we do creating things, we would really be that much farther ahead as a civilization.

But now I'm waxing on my philosophical side and know that it is better to step down off my podium than to continue with "Pfalzbot's View On Life".

Best regards,

Gary Pfalzbot



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