“The problem is that your scientist where so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they failed to consider whether or not they should.”
–Jeff Goldblum as Malcolm, Jurassic Park (1993)
Playing God with Viruses
And now, a recent article in Slate reveals that researchers used genetic technology to remake the deadly H5N1 “Avian Flu” virus even “more transmissible.” Yes, you heard that right – make the Avian Flu virus more transmissible.
When asked whether the science was so compelling and important as to justify this kind of risk, Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch simply said “no.”
But too many scientists today find any new possibility irresistible. They just won’t take “no” for an answer. That means the new face of medical missions will need to include Christ-following scientists who do research while recognizing that they aren’t God.