Genetic engineering of humans is unrestricted, resulting in genetic discrimination , loss of diversity, and adverse effects on society. The film explores the ethical implications ; the production company, Sony Pictures, consulted with a gene therapy researcher, French Anderson , to ensure that the portrayal of science was realistic, and test-screened the film with the Society of Mammalian Cell Biologists and the American National Human Genome Research Institute before its release.
This care did not prevent researchers from attacking the film after its release. Philim Yam of Scientific American called it "science bashing"; in Nature Kevin Davies called it a ""surprisingly pedestrian affair"; and the molecular biologist Lee Silver described the film's extreme genetic determinism as "a straw man ". The geneticist Dan Koboldt observes that while science and technology play major roles in fiction, from fantasy and science fiction to thrillers , the representation of science in both literature and film is often unrealistic.
For example, the Human Genome Project has not he states immediately led to a Gattaca world, as the relationship between genotype and phenotype is not straightforward.
People do differ genetically, but only very rarely because they are missing a gene that other people have: people have different alleles of the same genes. Eye and hair colour are controlled not by one gene each, but by multiple genes. Mutations do occur, but they are rare: people are And, Koboldt writes, believable scientists in fiction should know their knowledge is limited.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Further information: History of genetics. Further information: Mutants in fiction. Archived from the original on 13 January In Wilks, W. Report of the Third International Conference on Genetics: Hybridization the cross-breeding of genera or species , the cross-breeding of varieties, and general plant breeding. Royal Horticultural Society.
University of Virginia. Archived from the original on 28 March Only 28 embryos were spliced successfully, meaning the faulty gene was removed, and just a few of those incorporated the healthy gene in its place. The success rate would need to be closer to percent before the technique could be used in viable human embryos, the researchers said. The procedure also caused worrisome mutations in other parts of the genome — and at a much higher rate than in mouse embryos or adult human cells undergoing the same procedure.
These mutations could have detrimental effects on cells, which is one of the big concerns about gene editing. His Y chromosome was like no other so far analysed. In fact, his Y chromosome was so distinct that his male lineage probably separated from all others about , years ago. He says further work will be needed to confirm exactly how much older.
Changing where the root of the Y-chromosome tree is at this point is extremely surprising. For starters, many will claim that they have "progress" on their side - thus evoking "progressivism" as a kind of moral imperative and implying that anyone who would dare stand in their way is an arrogant, bigoted, barbaric and just plain mean knuckle-dragger who resents knowledge of any kind.
The fact that scientists themselves can be pretty arrogant and brutal on occasion never occurs to such villains - or if it does, they don't care. There is some truth to this — many scientists and especially mathematicians do what they do for the fun of it rather than more practical concerns — but that's little different from the rest of academia.
Besides, basic research done to expand human knowledge without regard for practical applications is the sort of science that produces groundbreaking insights. Darwin studied evolution to understand life better, not because he wanted to advance the art of animal husbandry.
Remember, Science Is Bad , but Just Think of the Potential! Compare and contrast For Art! I'll show them! I'll show them all! They'll see they were wrong to laugh at me! Community Showcase More. Follow TV Tropes. You need to login to do this. Get Known if you don't have an account. Anime and Manga. Durstan, Stan Lee 's Author Avatar , in the manga Karakuridouji Ultimo , created two highly-destructive robotic embodiments of good and evil, with weaponry capable of annihilating cities if not nations, all because he was curious which force was stronger.
To further salt the wound, he admits that their fights could last indefinitely and ultimately end the world. Kurotsuchi despises Szayel, appropriately enough, because Szayel claims to be perfect - and to Kurotsuchi, the idea of perfection is impossibly unscientific. Because if there really were such a thing as perfection and it was achieved, that would be the end of science: there'd be no room for further improvements to be researched.
Jail Scaglietti from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Strikers , who has an unquenchable thirst for knowledge related to Lost Technology which was imbued into him by his creators so he can be their pet Mad Scientist. This didn't work out too well for his creators seeing as he killed them. Laios of Delicious in Dungeon , as a lot of his decisions about monster cuisine seem to boil down to "let's find out if this is edible".
Mahou Sensei Negima! This resulted in a Tears from a Stone moment for the ridiculously human robot and a Rocket Punch for her creator. Dantalion from Shakugan no Shana is a typical Mad Scientist who doesn't care if any of his experiments succeed or fail or even destroy existence likely a fail , so long as something interesting happens. Generally disliked by his fellow Demonic Invaders for his reckless and unpredictable experiments, some on his own kind, some resulting in powerful artifacts turned against them and Flame Haze.
But he's such a fun character Domino : What's going to happen now professor? Do you know why? Because I am a man of exceptional talent who can only love spaceships. Rau Le Creuset : They thirsted for knowledge. They sought to fulfill their desires. And ultimately, they forgot why they were doing it. Even as they proclaimed their reverence for human life, they began toying with it.
And then they began destroying it! Comic Books. Hank Pym motivation for being a scientist is this. Since he was a child, scientific work was the way he expressed his creativity and imagination. He's basically an artist that expresses through science. An issue of the Postboot Legion of Super-Heroes features a group of faux- suicide-bombing space scientists, the Objective Order, on a rampage against mystical forces, "For science!!
His colleagues think he's nuts for inventing such a dangerous weapon, but he assures them it will only be used for the benefit of mankind. Other times, it is part of his backstory - he began by studying how fear works simply For Science, but eventually becomes so obsessed with it that he crosses over into Mad Scientist territory.
Indisputably a genius, the ancient man seeks nothing more than an endeavor that will distract him for more than a moment. Also in Marvel, we have A. Advanced Idea Mechanics , the premiere hyper-science villainous organization on Earth. Comic Strips. In one Dilbert comic, Dilbert invents a quantum computer capable of interacting with matter in a parallel universe to solve complex equations. Dogbert points out that according to Chaos Theory, the shifts he causes could very well destroy the other universe.
Dilbert's response? Konstantine tells TV audiences that if the amulet he has discovered does, as theorized, hold the powers of Egyptian god Anubis, he'd like "to harness the power as a weapon Her current plan is to capture one of the Maidens for her experiments; several people point out that the Maidens' powers are beyond simple scientific comprehension , to which Inori retorts, "What's life without a few challenges?
Given what we know of her, she's either telling the truth , or a Hidden Agenda Villain. She's probably this trope, though.
MythBusters vs. This trope is also the very reason that he's implied to plan on clone Ash , something he's well aware Ho-oh would never approve of. In The New Retcons it's revealed that in the sixties the government decided to simulate the effects nuclear war would have on wildlife by seeding out of the way patches of land with radiation.
One of the places chosen was a small farming community outside Toronto. Later, a few politicians and businessmen colluded to let the community be built up despite the radiation. That town? Millborough, Ontario, Canada. This is Colress's motive in the Pokemon fanfic Natural Liberated. He wants to help N develop his Psychic Powers so he can test their limits and see their effects on people. On one hand, given the threat at hand Flood breaking the rules makes some sense.
However, it's also clear that the Republic Intelligence Service is going well beyond what is necessary. In The Snow Has Stopped The Rain , when the captains are all told about Ichigo being able to wield Shirayuki and even use her shikai , some of them want to bring him in for questioning partially because such a thing is just such an impossibly that they have to learn more about it.
Except for Mayuri , who wants Ichigo brought in solely for this reason and immediately starts thinking about dissection. In This Bites! GMS also known as the Growling Mad Scientists were a Dutch psychedelic trance duo which has attained significant popularity, beginning in the early s.
Formed by Shajahan Matkin also known as Riktam and Joseph Quinteros also known as Bansi in the city of Amsterdam , located in the west of The Netherlands , the duo has attracted a large international fanbase. In , GMS left Spun Records to further concentrate on their own careers and had created in a new label to release all of their music from their own various bands called Starbox Music.
They have sold over Shajahan Matkin Riktam was born in in Amsterdam Holland. He met his co-member Bansi in a coffee shop when he was 14 years old.Evil mad scientist Skellor, who had been thought dead, reappears, hijacks a spaceship, and decides for no particularly good reason to resurrect the psychotic metal-skinned android Mr. Crane, who had been destroyed at the end of GRIDLINKED. After bringing Mr. Crane under his control, Skellor uses him to help wreak havoc here, there, and everywhere/5().