So now would-be terrorists could engineer some new deadly virus from the comfort of home? Don't get me wrong am glad to hear that we're making progress in genetics, but am a bit scared by what could happen here...
Brian M
Great idea - a bit like Clive Sinclair's spectrum or the old BBC micro that got the public into the early days of computing.
As for terrorists bio-engineering stuff yes it could happen, but if they can get hold of C4, weapons etc., then its likely they will get hold of bio-weapons or the knowledge to make them.
Douglas Bennett Rogers
Combine with home brewing kit!
What a crock. The pipetors alone will run someone $500 and then there is the enzymes, growth media, agar, microwave to heat the agar, plates (and on and on), tips as well as the ability to ascertain if the bacteria succumbed to off target mutations. Even in the hands of competent Molecular Biologist the method is fraught with difficulties.
While a lot of good can come from this there is also the risk of something really bad happening. Playing around with things that can replicate exponential can be dangerous.
What could possibly go wrong? Edit DNA of bacteria at home... Just don't cough or cross contaminate with whatever is on your kitchen counter and create a super bug that wipes out mankind OK.
I can't imagine anything more incredibly stupid and irresponsible than releasing this onto the market. Maybe this guy is one of those one wants to wipe out most of the human race. This certainly looks like an effective way to do it.
It's new, so let's fear it.
My god this comments section is depressing. You sound like folks that thought we were going to make "a Frankenstein" with restriction enzymes. You can get the equipment to do this rather cheaply as well unless you are wanting to buy "the latest" tech.
Great idea, now you just need this and a used gene gun and inert silver or gold beads to inject your genetic information and viola! mutants. LOL scary, but interesting.