genetic engineering

Sci-Fi Art: Bow Before The Man

Mama Fisi's picture

In the long-running science fiction comic strip Freefall, by Mark Stanley, the main character, Florence Ambrose, is a genetically engineered sapient wolf created by the mysterious scientist, Doctor Bowman.  On Friday, February 28, 2014, Florence at last met her creator face to face, and he was revealed to be an uplifted chimpanzee with a temper.

Tags: 

The Natural Selection Song

Mama Fisi's picture

R4's struggles to talk sensibly about genetic engineering got me to thinking about how a lot of genetic manipulation is really just trying to take a shortcut to achieve what years, if not centuries, of patient and careful cross-breeding can achieve.

Okay, so you can't really cross a rabbit with a jellyfish in order to get green glowy bunnies, but I see nothing wrong with trying to improve a species by picking some desirable attribute to accentuate. After all, Nature's been doing it since Day One.

Tags: 

Real Science: Moo Goo

Mama Fisi's picture

In my husband's comic strip, 21st Century Fox, he has a meat product called SPAM--Scientifically Produced Animal Matter, which gets rid of the need for the characters to kill and eat other animals.

Well, our own species is inching closer to developing SPAM. The first lab-created hamburger patty, created from bovine stem cells, was cooked and taste-tested and pronounced, "not unpleasant." "Crunchy, with juiciness and texture somewhere between a Boca Burger and McDonald's" was another comment.

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/intense-flavor-330-000-hamburger-was-buil...

Tags: 

Subscribe to genetic engineering