The Ethics of Artificial Life

The Ethics of Artificial Life

You may have heard this week about the scientific breakthrough by the famous American geneticist Dr Craig Venter. He’s said to have created the first artificial life. A cell containing DNA that was built from scratch in a laboratory with four bottles of chemicals.According to experts, it’s an achievement that goes way beyond regular genetic engineering; […]

By Sheridan VoyseyMonday 24 May 2010Christian LivingReading Time: 1 minute

You may have heard this week about the scientific breakthrough by the famous American geneticist Dr Craig Venter. He’s said to have created the first artificial life. A cell containing DNA that was built from scratch in a laboratory with four bottles of chemicals.

According to experts, it’s an achievement that goes way beyond regular genetic engineering; and it’s a giant leap for the scientific world.  But it’s probably got a few people thinking, “Is this ok?” “Does God want us creating artificial life in a petri-dish?”

Dr Brian Edgar is a theologian who’s done a lot of thinking about this, he’s from ISCAST – “the Institute for the Study of Christianity in an Age of Science and Technology”.

Listen Now – Dr Brian Edgar talks about the implications of artificial life