Saturday, April 21, 2007

Rage against the Luddites

I’m trying very hard to stick to the “if you haven’t got anything good to say, don’t say anything” maxim, but every once in a while, something has to give.

Russel T. Davies has, in his most recent Radio Times interview, opted to say one of the more crass things I’ve ever heard come out of the mouth of a human. While talking about Daleks being created in a genetic experiment (which, apparently makes them brilliant geneticists - just like Frankenstein’s monster was adept at lobbing together body parts to make pals...), he then goes on to say, “And in an age of GM crops and DNA experiments, that strikes a chord with all of us. I think we’re all slightly afraid of all this stem-cell research.”

Now, I’ll put up with so much before I snap, and this has done it for me.

From the above quote, RTD obviously doesn’t know what the purpose or methodology of stem-cell research is, what its ultimate benefits could be, or how genetics works. More importantly, ill-informed commenting in a public arena and potentially swaying the opinions of people by making such daft statements is what drove research back about ten years in the US.

Go tell Michael J. Fox, any Parkinson’s sufferer or anyone who’s had loss of function as the result of a spinal cord trauma that people should be scared of stem-cell research. Thanks a bunch, RTD.


At 6:44 pm, Blogger Good Dog said...

It's science-fiction, it doesn't have to make sense!

Aha! Got you there.

But you're right. That man really should shut his fucking trap.

At 10:15 pm, Blogger Lara said...

Urgh. I cannot believe he said that. Ignorance - not bliss. I say, stick to what you know, or at least do a bit of research first.

At 7:58 pm, Blogger IQCrash said...

You really should think about maybe making a new blog entry. :P

At 5:01 pm, Blogger Brian Sibley said...

Yes, well it is RTD; which, when you think about it, obviously stands for R2D - which means that he is someone who's not quite as bright but every bit as annoying as R2D2...

At 10:07 pm, Blogger Sal said...

One of my favourite newspaper columns is the Guardian's "Bad Science" because it deals with idiots who say stuff about science when they really haven't got a clue. As a medical researcher (in my day job) its incredibly frustrating because inaccurate reporting puts people off taking part in research.

At 9:01 am, Blogger Brian Sibley said...

You've been silent for a long time...


F****** Russell T Davies didn't send the Daleks to get you, did he??

At 2:48 pm, Blogger Riddley Walker said...

Luckily, no Daleks.

But, a central heating boiler that collapsed on the bank holiday weekend amidst a storm of work from a new client and all in the run-up to a trip to Toronto (which I’m enjoying very much).

Anything (small) you’d like brought back?


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