Punky the Pup, our Schnakie. A cross between a Schnauzer and a Yorky. An accidental messing with Mother Nature. Purebreds are planned messing. So are mice that glow.

TOPIC 75  CONTRAST  Planned versus unplanned messing with genes. A Twit lead me to this museum and my day’s topic.

CultureLab: A museum of creatures re-engineered by humans.

Quote: The only criteria for inclusion in Pell’s Wunderkammer are that the organisms have been intentionally altered by humans in a way that would be passed on through generations. Intentionality is the important bit, Pell says; after all, a museum of creatures changed by pollution, nuclear radiation or climate change would be endless.

This is Silkie, a laboratory created chicken.

One of my favorite people on this topic remains Lewis Thomas.   Three quotes of his on topic:

The capacity to blunder slightly is the real marvel of DNA. Without this special attribute, we would still be anaerobic bacteria and there would be no music.
The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from Science, along with behaviour control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers.
We are built to make mistakes, coded for error.

STAYING STRONG TIP:  If mistakes are nature’s building blocks, we need to worry less about making them.  Easy to say, not so easy to do.  Try, however, to think back a year to this exact day.  What mistakes did you make.  I doubt that you can remember any.  Of course, maybe this was a day you made a big one, but that is not the point.  You know the point.  Mark Twain said, “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.”  Cranky Old Lady says, “I am an old woman and have made a great many mistakes, most of them never mattered.

The ones that matter most to me are those that hurt other people.  I have tried to make amends; but that has not always been possible.  Do so when you can; otherwise learn and mover forward.

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