gbrumfiel writes: "The battle over whether to publish research into mutant bird flu got editors over at Nature News thinking about other potentially dangerous lines of scientific enquiry. They came up with a non-definitive list of four technologies with the potential to do great good or great harm:
Laser isotope enrichment: great for making medical isotopes or nuclear weapons.
Brain scanning: can help locked-in patients to communicate or a police state to read minds.
Geoengineering: could lessen the effects of climate change or undermine the political will to fight it.
Genetic screening of embryos: could spot genetic disorders in the womb or lead to a brave new world of baby selection.
What would Slashdotters add to the list?"
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