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The wonderful world of genetic Whimsies

By Wendy Wonderwal - posted Sunday, 15 October 2000

Greetings, gorgeous ones.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. I’m not as bright as I could be but I blame my genes.

For instance:


Until Lola set me straight, I thought that the biggest show on earth (DNA-wise) this century was about gnomes. I mean, I love the little fellas in among the greenery, but why map their DNA? Lola, bless her little poodle painted toenails, pointed out that I’d mislaid an "e". Ooooh, it’s genomes!

And then Lola left-clicked on: and before I knew it we were visiting a terrific US site on the Human Genome Project. They have a huge library and Lola was particularly interested in the section about ethical, legal and social issues. She downloaded an article about "the psychological impact and stigmatisation due to an individual’s genetic differences" and then gave me a withering look. I hate it when she does that.

I attempted to wrestle the mouse from her paw and restore control to the human part of the equation. I won (but Lola cheats something shocking).

In the melee, we found a pretty neat link to the future, courtesy of Gipson Arnold (who on earth invents these names?). If you want to visit tomorrow today, whoosh on over and learn about transhumanism and life extension, or even about artificial intelligence. What about nanotechnology? Simply nano nano click on: .

I was more interested in robotics and I discovered Valerie, a Domestic Android. I always like to check out the competition. Just visit Android World at and check out Valerie for yourself. She’s pretty cute for a droid but I ask you - can her fuzzy logic compete with mine?


By this time I needed a coffee. Lola likes a latte and a look around and so do I. So we did, and discussed some deep philosophical issues. Like cloning.

Believe it or not, a group in California wants to clone Jesus. The Second Coming Project intends to use modern cloning technology to create a second Jesus. They must have a fertilised Jesus zygote by April 2001 to make their December 25 deadline for 2001. Oh, and I think they want money too.

You really must see for yourself. And for an extra hoot, just wander over to for a terrific review by Robert Masterson.

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Wendy is a freelance writer and marriage celebrant based in Brisbane.

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