Re: NANFA-- High Tech Tracking

Joshua L Wiegert (
Tue, 8 Apr 2003 13:56:50 -0600 (MDT)

Fortunately enough, the genetic differences between individuals, even
different "races" or ethnic groups in a species are much, much slimmer
than the differences between species. However, the bigger scare to me
would be if this sort of thing got out of control, and found a wild
population (after all, I'm sure even Zebra mussels are neccessary
SOMEWHERE. :) A more frightening possibility would be if there was a
mutatoin in the control mechanism of this device (which would probably be
organic, and therefore prone to mutations) which could damage other
populations. For instance, if a treatment were applied to control one
species, mutated, and somehow wiped out another (native) species.


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On Tue, 8 Apr 2003, Sajjad Lateef wrote:

> Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2003 12:34:14 -0700 (PDT) > From: Sajjad Lateef <> > Reply-To: > To: > Subject: Re: NANFA-- High Tech Tracking > > --- Jeffrey Fullerton <> wrote: > > > And environemental. Imagine a molecular scale device that can > > selectively destroy a specific pathogen or a population of in > > intractable invasive exotic without the colateral damage of > > conventional antibiotics and pesticides. > > > > Goodbye Round Goby! So long Zebra Mussel! Good riddens Chestnut > > Blight and Sudden Oak Death! > > While this sounds good, what if the same technology was used > for other, not-so-good ends? Imagine a molecular scale device > that can selectively target *people* with a certain trait > or genetic combination? > > This technology may be misused. Its potential scares me. > > Sajjad > > ===== /----------------------------------------------------------------------------- /"Unless stated otherwise, comments made on this list do not necessarily / reflect the beliefs or goals of the North American Native Fishes / Association" / This is the discussion list of the North American Native Fishes Association / To subscribe, unsubscribe, or get help, send the word / subscribe, unsubscribe, or help in the body (not subject) of an email to / For a digest version, send the command to / instead. / For more information about NANFA, visit our web page,