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Craig Venter’s Hubris

Craig Venter strikes me as a dangerous man. Crassly capitalistic, he wants to patent a couple hundred genes in the human genome. He also represents a kind of scientific fundamentalism that thinks technology can solve any problem. The problem with the fundamentalism of science and technology is that it absolves us from having to change the behaviors that got us here in the first place. Venter is mixing and matching DNA to create bugs that, when released into the air or water, may be able to devour pollution. That pretty much guarantees that somebody in the post-apocalyptic future is going to have send Bruce Willis back in time to stop him.

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