bioengineering is not an art [alon_nachshon]

The field of bio-engineering is very new to the world of science. Little is known about the recreation of living entities, and the future of our world lies upon this little known information. Mr. Shanken’s guest lecture was one of very little substance and very bold statements. He described the GFP bunny as an experiment and then labeled the bunny as a piece of art. In my opinion one cannot take the life of a living creature and transform it into a useless, immature, unsustainable life form, and then call it a piece of art. Human art is acceptable because the actors or models commit to the work at their own discretion, and they usually don’t loose years off of their lives from the act. Mr. Shanken had no idea how long the green bunny had lived for after the experiment and whether or not those years paralleled the normal life span of a bunny. For the most part, art is unclassifiable. It can be present in the design of a building, the writing of a kindergartener, or even the fluid movement of a river. But when it comes to the altering a life form, natural beauty is lost and, therefore, the art of life is lost.

Bioengineering and art are two very separate concepts, but they are both really awesome. Bioengineering, to me, is the realization that we as a human society have reached almost the highest level of intelligence. We have almost reached a level of intelligence and understanding where we are now capable of duplicating ourselves, recreating lost organs, manually blending species with gene alteration, and creating weapons that have the nuclear strength to wipe out the entire planet. We have reached an era beyond our control, and evolving faster than we can observe. The other day Professor Segura spoke in my Introduction to Chemical Engineering class about tissue regeneration, and she mentioned that the latest achievement in tissue regeneration was the recreation a human bladder that once inserted into the individual in need, the bladder would fit itself into the cavity and could work at the level of performance of a natural bladder. Now that is technology.

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