July 21, 2013

Rebuilding the Past, Unzipping the Future

by Marius Mason (Marie Mason)


I've been reading a number of journal articles about using similar species' genetic material spliced with samples from relatively recently extinct animals to recreate (and at some point re-introduce) engineered individuals of these currently non-existing species. I am as fascinated and charmed by do-do's, passenger pigeons (the bird in the painting), marsupial tigers and mammoths as any other science (and science fiction) geek- but didn't Jurassic Park touch on the "what could possibly go wrong?" question here?

It's been great to read all the other scientists weighing in on the issue (conservation concerns vs. disease vector)- but they don't say often enough that it was human action and policy that killed these creatures the first time, because we acted in the present for our advantage without a sufficient consideration of the consequences to the future. And we seem poised to do just that again. Who knows how similar or dissimilar these composite creations would be? I know that it was unnerving to read The Wind-Up Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi- and to realize that at least in fiction- someone is thinking through these possibilities...

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Frost Posted 10 years, 7 months ago. ✓ Mailed 10 years, 5 months ago     1 Favorite
Beautiful image and worrying thoughts. You are quite right, it is very unnerving indeed.

dianeh01 Posted 10 years, 7 months ago. ✓ Mailed 10 years, 5 months ago     1 Favorite
Marie, you are gifted in your art AND with your words! I love the title of this piece - "Rebuilding the Past, Unzipping the Future". Those are words for ALL of us to ponder as we look to a future with so many possibilities. Thank you for sharing your gifts!

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