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Dotcom? That's a pretty stupid name for a pig. Are they really that short on imagination? "Dotty" (i.e. Dorothy) I can accept, but Dotcom? Ugh.
Now, what I'd like to see is people getting off their "don't play God" high horse and accepting the mucking-around with the genotypes. Being able to genetically-engineer custom cloned skin for various purposes would be rather nice, for example; lots of people want to be furries, for example, and when they can get cloned skin to form pores and hair follicles (if they can't already; I don't keep up on this stuff much), it'll be possible to, say, change the density of the hair and the color of the melanin, and then I could have, say, a nice luscious coat of purple fur. (Anyone who's seen my homepage knows that's not even close to the extent of my imagination, either. :)
Personally, I think that humans are rather boring, aesthetically, and that evolution needs to be shaken up somewhat. Evolution tends to lead to functionally-useful changes, which can include aesthetics, but it can only take frustratingly-slow baby steps. I want to see random creatures. Why settle for a cat or dog when you can have a splotchypine or (something which passes for) a friendly grue? Or even useful manipulations to existing species; porcupines are quite intelligent and apparently make wonderful, loving pets, except for the problem of quills. Why not engineer porcupines whose quills don't have sharp points at the end (and increase their visual acuity while we're at it)? Potentially perfect pets but still aesthetically-striking.
As a species, we have the capability to play God. I don't see what's wrong with doing that. It's just another potential factor driving evolution. It's not like the world's species are currently in a pristine state, the be-all end-all of whatever deity there may or may not be intended. People are always crying about the daily extinction of species in the rainforest, using the unknown benefit arguments; what about all the random potentially-existent species with unknown benefits?
But no, any man-made change to biology is considered "playing God" or being "Dr. Frankenstein," and then they go and feed their domesticated dog and eat some cauliflower.
"Is not a quine" is not a quine.
I have a master's degree in science!
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