Get ready for the genetically modified future

Twelfth in the PE Series, Reviewing Chapter Eleven

Chuck Missler's article in Pandemonium's Engine, Pandora's Box for the 21st Century? The Sorcerer's Apprentice, provides information on the growth of the biotech industries across the world and lists some of the research projects underway. It's wonderful to see that a cure for diabetes is a priority.

When we see nations devoting millions and even billions to educate bioengineering scientists and to fund research and new product development, we perceive there is an "investment fever" and "attitude change" going on about the genetic modification of humans, animals and plants.

Missler points out there is a dark side:

In these rapidly developing fields, there are few safeguards against abuse or errors, and the cross-species implications and the potential for mutations are impossible to adequately anticipate. With most of the critical research being done by small laboratories under intense competitive pressures — and with few of the regulatory or procedural protections typical of larger governmental or corporate laboratories — the potential for major catastrophes has many knowledgeable observers very concerned.

Clearly the greatest apprehensions are in the areas of genetic research, genetically manipulated foods, and cloning — especially in cross-species experiments, which are likely to lead to unknown diseases and unanticipated complications.

Missler's advice to readers is very good:

There is no priority in our life more urgent than our spiritual preparation. None of these things is unanticipated in God's plan for you and me. There is no way to be ready for what's coming unless you know your Bible… and unless you have a personal relationship with its Author!

You can find Chuck Missler on the web at www.khouse.org. The "k" is for "Koinonia."

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