Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Mad-Scientist Disease

Some scientists in South Korea have successfully cloned a dog. By the way, when was the last time America announced they cloned the first something-or-other? South Korea is all over us on that. Frankly, though, I don't think this is a big deal. We've pretty much cracked the cloning barrier as far as I'm concerned. The days when we're all wide-eyed over the first cloned squid are over. You cloned another animal? Fine. Wake me up when you clone a dinosaur. As for people cloning their dogs, for the kind of money you spend on cloning your stupid dog, you could adopt an entire animal shelter. Losers.

But what I think is more interesting is that the next project the Koreans are going to tackle is creating a cow that's resistant to mad cow disease. First of all, we don't even understand mad-cow disease, so how can we make a cow resistant to it? Second, I'd rather they make humans mad cow disease resistant, not cattle. Third, wouldn't it be easier to just stop feeding the cows their own brains and spinal cords? This is the problem with genetic engineering. It's a solution looking for a problem.

2 comments:

Mauricem said...

I think the technology has hit a serious road block. The initial interest in cloning was it's perceived end result: cloning people. Now that that's banned, they're having a hard time exciting people to the concept anymore.

Anonymous said...

Dear Sir,
Cows are made out of cows! It's Cooooowwwws!
Signed,
Charleston Heston