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Strauss Waltz?
by Frank Koerner

Friday, May 18, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Gene research will no doubt lead to miraculous cures for diseases, will likely enhance life for all, or possibly increase the longevity of life itself. On the other hand, researchers might err and cause more problems than they solve.


Gene splicing is a wonderous art. We might crossbreed human kind.


The results could very easily go from ridiculous to sublime.


If you take the genes of a genius and transplant them to another,


Will it better our own species? Or merely make one shudder?




Who is the arbiter, who will determine, how this all takes place?


The person or group who'll decide what is good for the human race?


When the decision is made to use the genes of a concert fiddler


And transplant them to a composer. Who'll decide?… an Adolf Hitler?




There are two serious issues here directly interposed,


To be decided conclusively before the matter's closed.


First, the law in its purest sense and in no way demagogic


Must decide what's good for us. That will be no easy trick.




If genes are slowly altered, our species will ultimately change.


If implications aren't considered, the results could turn up strange.


For if we change ourselves, we change the measuring device.


After the intermixing is done, who knows what we'll have spliced?




Issue Two is the safety. After all genes have been processed


And a try to improve our species has blundered in that quest.


Nothing makes a body more nervous than to be daftly reassured


By some bureaucratic official in the matter little schooled.




What if genes are spliced? The mind quite truly vaults.


Will we get a better fit of jeans or a Levi Strauss waltz?


Many accidents could occur with results not quite so subtle,


As science plays around with life, with its very key does muddle.

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Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 5/30/2012
I think only the creator is capable of determining the forms of life. Well penned and thought provoking.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 5/19/2012
Whoever holds the patents for the various individual genes is who will control their use and cost. None of it will be cheap and I chuckle as I envision a generation of genetic inbreds by transplant. Patrick
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 5/19/2012
We've been playing around with life for a long time–mostly foolishly. You raise some good ethical questions, but I think the tendency is for the best to survive in the worst, at least to be cared for till they die. I myself, am looking forward to stem cell transplants of spinal neurons.

Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/18/2012
Enjoyed this and it does raise a lot of good valid points for consideration, I don't agree with all aspects of science and medical research but... there are so many marvels of medicine and treatments that have been developed over the years that have saved so much suffering.
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