Scientists Discuss Creating Synthetic Human Genome In A Secret Meeting

Posted: May 14 2016, 7:35am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Scientists Discuss Creating Synthetic Human Genome in a Secret Meeting
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  • The Ethics and Feasibility of creating the World’s First Synthetic Human Genome

Scientists are busy discussing the ethics and feasibility of creating the world’s first synthetic human genome.

Scientists are currently thinking about the pros and cons of creating the first synthetic human genome. Chemical agents will be employed to generate the DNA within the chromosomes of this genome.

This has sparked intense debate among the experts regarding the hazards and harmful effects of this cutting edge experiment. It might be possible in the future to create a human being from scratch without the intervention of any biological parents.

This is a procedure similar to cloning which has become old hat. It is still an idea in the minds of the scientists. Whether it becomes a reality depends how far we are willing to push the envelope.

The efforts towards the betterment of DNA synthesis is underway. This procedure is being thought of as a part of that trend. The topic is still a hushed-up affair.

It was discussed recently at an exclusive secret meeting at Harvard Medical School, according to NYTimes. All 150 participants were told to avoid divulging any of the insider information to the public or the press.

There are those who say that this project will repay humanity back in scads. It will be like a branching of the Human Genome Project. This was meant to decipher and decode the three billion chemical letters in the DNA of human beings.

This novel initiative would instead recreate instead of read the genomic sequence. The obvious stumbling block is the ethics of the equation.

Could the future consist of designer human beings with such traits as a soldier’s bravery or artistic sensitivity genetically bred into them?

Can facsimiles of certain people be made?

These are legitimate questions which demand honest and straightforward answers from the scientific community.

To create another Albert Einstein or many super-geniuses like Einstein would be another conundrum from which we cannot escape. Many members of the scientific community stayed away from the covert conference due to its secretive nature.

Such is not the style of science which is an accessible thing. The experts behind the thought experiment say that they had never meant to create a full-fledged human being in the first place. Such would not be desirable nor for that matter would it be possible.

Rather, they were only talking about the possibility of human life at the cellular and genomic level. An improvement in the quality of DNA was the goal of the whole experiment. The conference was being portrayed as a preparation for creating a Frankenstein’s Monster which is hardly the case.

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