Too Much Power

I heard something scary on the radio. Scientists have been using a virus to insert genes into marmoset monkeys. The genes cause the monkey’s feet to glow green under ultraviolet light.

Researchers have added genes to rhesus macaques before by injecting embryos, but the new work is the first documentation that such genes can be passed along to future generations of monkeys. That’s important because it opens the door to creating colonies of transgenic monkeys by breeding, which would be far simpler than the cumbersome process of making each animal from scratch by injecting a gene into an embryo.

Scary to think that there is a genetic mutation that can be spread by a virus and passed to future generations. Is the human race ready for that kind of power?

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