May 18, 2000
2:32 PM   Subscribe

Okay, this is just plain wrong.
posted by veruca (15 comments total)
It sounds like something the mad scientist on South Park would do.
posted by veruca at 2:34 PM on May 18, 2000

My first question is, what does it do to the goats? I imagine stringy milk is no good for kids. But they won't produce milk unless they're post-partum. Are they keeping the goats loaded up on hormones? That's no good, it's going to lead to the same slew of health problems that dairy factory cows have. And the production process will probably end up being quite similiar.

I don't have any problems at all with genetic engineering. I worked for several years at the world's leading cancer research institute, and I've seen the amazing things gene therapy can do.

It's only a matter of scale between using e. coli to produce insulin for diabetics and using mammals' mammary glands as surrogate spinnerets. What worries me is that the drive for production and profits is going to lead to even more inhumane treatment of animals.
posted by katchomko at 2:43 PM on May 18, 2000

All I asked for was goats that spin webs from their teets! Jesus people, throw me a bone here!
posted by benbrown at 4:01 PM on May 18, 2000

um... i think it's kinda cool...
posted by andy at 4:12 PM on May 18, 2000

it's good that we can repair ligaments and repair blind people's eyes now. More people will be able to access metafilter
posted by starduck at 4:54 PM on May 18, 2000

That's gross.

I think genetic engineering is useful, but that sort of stuff is disturbing.

Reminds me of Frankenstein.
posted by tomcosgrave at 5:14 PM on May 18, 2000

Is it possible to do anything really significant with genetic engineering that *isn't* disturbing on some level?

posted by Mars Saxman at 6:27 PM on May 18, 2000

Weren't they trying to breed a goat that had four asses, and this was kind of a "happy accident"? At least that's what I heard...
posted by smeat at 7:12 PM on May 18, 2000

Does anyone else think it's funny that the URL to this article included the word "farticle"? Is that like a new word for radiation or something?
posted by daveadams at 7:54 PM on May 18, 2000

Damn, dave, you beat me to it! Which only goes to show that the Slashdotters are right after all - don't mask those URLs with JavaScript, or who knows what you'll miss out on.
posted by rory at 9:36 PM on May 18, 2000

Jeez! You two beat me to it also! Ha ha.... farticle. Ha. Oh jesus, that's funny.
posted by premiumpolar at 10:19 PM on May 18, 2000

Google-cached disobey zine w/ an article mocking the spider-goat. (I think they should name it a 'farticle', as in, "Gadzooks! The farticles laid their loathsome caprine eggs in Ernie!"
posted by sonofsamiam at 7:16 AM on May 19, 2000

I have a genetic clone, and it didn't take any gene-splicing at all.
posted by camworld at 3:36 PM on May 19, 2000

What does it taste like?
posted by tranquileye at 9:50 PM on May 19, 2000

geez, and all this time I believed the Loverboy song about "Goat and Spider DNA Just Won't Splice"
posted by plinth at 7:13 AM on May 22, 2000

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