Nutshell or mishmash?

Genetic Literacy Project | Brian Colwell | July 18, 2017

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Are the reactions of yeast in bread and beer making akin to splicing the DNA of a human embryo? In the first case, existing microbes are introduced to a new substrate to engender a reaction that produces a nice loaf of yeast bread or vat of beer. In the second, the genetic structure of a human is revised using CRISPR, a technique for editing snippets of genetic code.

Is facilitating the birth of mules similar to producing ‘transgenic marmosets that glow green in ultraviolet light (and pass the trait to their offspring)’?

In the article, Biotechnology timeline: Humans have manipulated genes since the ‘dawn of civilization’, the history of applied technologies in biology is presented, step by step. One wonders, though, are we on a continuum, or have biotechnologists veered from the path into a new universe?

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New business models are getting old

International Business Times | Jason Murdock | 17 July 2017

Search-engine-diagram-enOutspoken cybersecurity entrepreneur John McAfee, the founder of the anti-virus software that still bears his surname, believes that multinational technology giant Google has become "so large and so powerful" that its alleged greed now "threatens to destroy us all”…

"I love Google from one standpoint," he said. "It has opened up the world to information beyond comprehension and has enriched our lives – but Google has taken the mantle of corporate conscience and sacrificed it on the altar of Mammon for money...

"We are not numbers, I am not a statistic, I am not a collection of attitudes and desires. I am a human being with my own dreams and hopes and problems. By making me a number you have removed my human dignity. ...If you believe that Google is not harmful then you must believe that the total loss of our privacy and human dignity is not harmful."

On Twitter, where the web pioneer boasts a following of more than 63,000 people, he later claimed his "Google challenge" was mysteriously deleted from his social media profiles.

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Old news

More information was revealed today about how the National Security Agency (NSA) obtained information about U.S. private citizens. According to The Washington Post, leaked court documents show that the NSA paid tech companies like Google and Facebook millions of dollars to participate in their PRISM surveillance program…
Many of the NSA’s surveillance tactics were found to be unconstitutional by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The companies who were involved included Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Facebook, all of which received payment for their cooperation with surveillance requests…
When news first broke that the NSA stored tens of thousands of emails a year unlawfully, people were outraged. Understandably so. Questions as to whether or not this incentivizes the distribution of private information arose. Still, one thing we haven’t seen mentioned yet is how low the price tag was on private citizen info…

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...and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind ... the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind ...the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. -Genesis 1


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Flesh and Bone and The Protestant Conscience is an e-book on It is 99¢ and in the Amazon lending library as well. It is also available here in PDF format. The book description follows.

Would you let your conscience be your guide?

Does God care if the skin and bone of the dead are passed along to the living for medical uses? Is organ donation OK with God? Should you sign a Living Will?

Did you know that dead organ donors are often anesthetized before their organs are removed? Do you know the current definition of death? The conscience cannot function without facts.

As we ponder the ethics of in vitro fertilization, stem cell research and man-made chimeras, our thoughts trail off. How then should we live? (Ez 33:10)

How should a Christian think about euthanasia by starvation when doctors and the state attorney general all agree it is time to withhold feeding from a brain injured patient? Some things are family matters, but someday it may be our family.

Here is a small book to help you think about whether you want to sign your driver's license, donate a kidney, cremate your loved one, and many other practical questions that may arise in the course of your healthcare decisions or watch over others.

It offers a special focus on the doctrine of the Resurrection that is related to such decisions. Sunday School classes and Bible Study groups could use this book to facilitate discussion about the issues covered.