Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Japan thinks it is God

By now, I'm pretty sure that everyone has seen this story, but for those who haven't, here it is:

Scientists in Japan bred a frog with transparent skin. The purpose of this expariment was to create frogs that needn't be dissected; its internal organs and eggs are visible from outside of its body.

Don't get me wrong, I think it's awesome that now we have an alternative to dissection. But something about the whole thing seems kind of wrong to me. Frogs aren't naturally supposed to be transparent- if they are somehow released into the wild this way, there could be dire consequences. Perhaps the frogs with pale skin are easier to pick out in the forest, and thus to hunt.

And also, the frogs look terrifying. If they get out into the wild and start to breed rapidly, we could have a large population of zombie frogs hopping around. (seriously, they're spooky, go watch the video)

I just generally don't agree with genetic manipulation. We are not God. We have no right to decide these kinds of things. But apparently the Japanese scientists feel like they know better.


Drew said...

I am also generally against genetic manipulation, unless it ends in some sort of Bioshock-esque super powers, but that frog looks badass.

Media Quest said...

Your blog is cool.

I kinda agree with you that Japan might overextent its technological progress toward the non-sense.

However, I wonder what's a difference between making frogs transparent so that we don't have to dissect them and genetically altering rats' genes to make anti-aging skin care products?