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Eavesdroppings Science Quotations of the Month © Brucie Rosch “From the point of view of aesthetic and intellectual elegance, it is a bad experiment. But it is nevertheless a big discovery...It proves that sequencing and synthesizing DNA give us all the tools we need to create new forms of life.” —Theoretical physicist Freeman Dyson on the Venter synthetic biology paper in Science, quoted in Edge.org. “The price we wil

By | July 1, 2010

Eavesdroppings

Science Quotations of the Month

© Brucie Rosch
“From the point of view of aesthetic and intellectual elegance, it is a bad experiment. But it is nevertheless a big discovery...It proves that sequencing and synthesizing DNA give us all the tools we need to create new forms of life.”

Theoretical physicist Freeman Dyson on the Venter synthetic biology paper in Science, quoted in Edge.org.

“The price we will pay for this huge amplification of our technological prowess is probably an equal and opposite vulnerability. Welcome to the fast lane, humanity.”

Daniel C. Dennett, Tufts University philosopher on the Venter synthetic biology paper in Science, quoted in Edge.org.

© Brucie Rosch
“Empathy is a complicated emotion, even for mice. On seeing another in pain, a mouse will act as if it itself is also hurting—much more, though, if it knows the first mouse.”

InThe Tears of Strangers Are Only Water,” a Big Think blog post by David Berreby about research probing the physiology of empathy.

“I understand the value of science but there is a cash constraint on what we can afford.”

David Willetts in his first press briefing as the UK’s new Conservative minister for universities and science.

“No hope now remains for this species. It is another example of how human actions can have unforeseen consequences.”

Birdlife International’s Leon Bennun on the recent extinction of Madagascar’s Alaotra grebe.

“I believe that man will destroy everything living on this planet, and I would like to preserve everything in the form of DNA. To have a DNA treasure house—I like the term ‘treasure house’ rather than ‘museum.’”

Nobel Prize winning biologist Sydney Brenner, in My Life in Science.

Send us timely and interesting quotes, along with context, to quotes@the-scientist.com.

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anonymous poster

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July 24, 2010

I love Freeman Dyson, but I wish he would stick to theoretical physics. We don't have all the tools we need to create new life, only to imitate existing life forms. I'm still waiting for someone to design an enzyme with novel activity, or even to redesign an existing enzyme with intentionally altered specificity. There's an important tool we still lack: understanding of the most basic biological structures.
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Joseph Hiddink

Posts: 12

July 30, 2010

Do not be proud of what you know, someone else will know a little bit more. Do no be proud of what you do not know, someone else may know less than you.\n\nJoseph Hiddink, Inventor of the system of Gravity ontrol, as used by the Flying Saucer. \n(Invention was nixed by the Nasa Propulsion Engineers, as it would make them obsolete, the real reason why the USA will lose out to Russia, India and China in space efforts).
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