Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Political involvement in DNA studies

The molecular biology researches in DNA have increased greatly that we can easily mention many of its recent products. Just name it; I believe that all of you have ever heard about DNA (parent) testing or investigation, especially for law purposes. Beside of its promising prospects that impressing many people from various background (medical, for example), one of interesting issues related to DNA is about its social—if we can’t say it “political”—implementation.

We can surely crack this implementation issue into narrower contexts. Ethics is another channel to go to broader field. I was triggered by the story of Craig Venter in attempting his research in genomics. Briefly, we can say that genomics is a branch science of genetics. Craig Venter proposed NIH (National Institute of Health-USA) for research fund and in the beginning NIH appeared to be of the same line with him. Yet in the end NIH objected him for they said that they did not find such a chance in the research. Uniquely, when the objection declared after quite a waiting time, Venter’s projects come into sight to be closer to their targets. This is a summary of such a journey with many bends to walk in, of course. Yet I am personally still interested in the story for one of Venter’s competitors is … the famous James Watson.

This will be a very long story to post. Let me back to my first concept. We all confess that DNA is surely touching so many parts of human life. However, all of those complexities should be viewed in the vision that the DNA studies is such an emerging record in human civilization

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5 of your comments here:

Eucalyptus said...

Ngomong2 soal DNA, kan orang udah coba2 kloning dgn DNA itu kan? Hiyyy syerem ah, gak kebayang deh...
BTW aku gak nisa bantu kamu buat haloscan say, doalnya blog aku itu kan dibuatin sama orang... he he he, salah alamat neh nanya sama orang gaptek...

inda_ardani said...

tenang aja, mba :) kloning dengan skala DNA tu kan ngga selalu berujung pada individu baru yang komplet, bisa aja cuma buat bikin sekerat jaringan buat mengganti sebagian organ yang rusak :) intinya sih semua kemajuan tu buat kesejarteraan manusia juga, biarpun ada banyak hal yang harus dipertimbangkan etikanya :)
waduh, enaknya yang blognya dibikinin ...

Irene Yuan said...

the problem with Venter is that he seems to have this evil scheme of making money

inda_ardani said...
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inda_ardani said...

i heard some about venter's and colleagues' different point of view related to ethical things they overcome, and the following controversy as well. the thing you mention here is the next interesting query for me to discover. i thank you for commenting.