The Frankenscience Project

Marisa Bowe and Ken Kurson

The Frankenscience Project

Marisa Bowe and Ken Kurson

The Frankenscience Project
An email conversation about the news of the day.
June 27 2000 1:43 PM

Marisa Bowe and Ken Kurson

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I am disgusted by the cheap and convenient way G-d is trotted out whenever a difficult situation requires explanation or a frightening predicament stares you down. But I do it myself all the time. And cheesy as it sounds, G-d has never let me down, no matter how long it's been since I last called His name, no matter how hubristically I thought I could go it alone.  

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So if Francis S. Collins pretends that this Frankenscience genome project was more holy than a despicable profit grab based on a demonstrably false premise (that there are too few people, and that people should live longer), good for the good doctor. (Dr. Collins has been the government-supported racecar vs. Craig Venter--the head of Celera Genomics, which has been pursuing gene mapping as a for-profit enterprise. I believe they're both engaged in a ridiculous, selfish, ugly, vain pursuit. But at least Venter is honest about why he's doing it. It's the government-funded mad scientists who really bother me.)

And if Justin Volpe needs help from a G-d whom he apparently didn't need when he was ramming a plunger up Abner Louima, I hope He's there for him.  

Sorry about your car. I'm a pretty decent mechanic and there are plenty of good junkyards in Jersey.

Marisa Bowe is the editor-in-chief ofWord, the executive producer of Sissyfight.com, and a co-editor of Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs at the Turn of the Millennium (click here to buy it). Ken Kurson is the editor ofGreenMagazine.com, writes the "Green" column each month in Esquire, and is the author of The Green Magazine Guide to Personal Finance (click here to buy it).