These days, we don't have torch-wielding mobs storm the
laboratory. We just let our government make a ruling,
subtly hinting that failing to comply will result in the
same angry mob. By "we", of course, I mean "Japan". So
when this scientist, Setsuo Iwasaki, wants to do an
experiment on cell division to research leukemia. But the
government says, "Holy shit! This vaguely resembles human
There's a lot of people in power who prefer leukemia to cloning, it seems. When
this scientist does an experiment, which involves putting some human DNA in a
cow's egg cell - he used a cow's egg cell rather than a human egg cell because
you are a freak and get all skittish about human cells - the government comes
storming into action and says that human cloning will soon be banned, and
anything that's anything like human cloning is not quite banned, but requires
government approval beforehand.
"People are very nervous about human cloning and cloning research," said the
scientist, presumably in an austere, Spock-like tone. "We find this troubling."
Jesus FUCK, people.
Get OVER it. Luddite babbling is *so* last century.
I may be just a big dogshit-eating extropian, but I think it's a little more
important to worry about the folks who are DYING from LEUKEMIA, than the folks
who squirm around all grossed-out-like because someone's doing something like
human cloning. I mean, it's not like this guy is trying to create an
army of flesh robots to become his sex slave personal bodyguard death squad -
at least not to my knowledge.