I am very excited,
since I read about J. Craig Venter,
and his achievement
that they created a replicating species
whose parent is a computer!
A great breakthrough! They say
for greener fuels, born-again chemistry, and medicine,
designer foods to feed
the eight billion souls every day!
Or is it fraught with unimaginable horror,
by cracks, fanatics for terror!
It may yet certainly herald
a Brave New World!
But I’m not the President of the United States
to think at such a macro level.
I’m a small businessman
in the circus business,
so I need to think at the micro level:
I am looking for some viable solution,
so that I can remain afloat.
And here is one
that can rocket my business to success.
Lately we feel an acute shortage of
humans interested in joining the circus.
Even the lions, elephants, and monkeys
have refused to play their tricks,
and this I wanted to discuss.
So I must open a dialogue with J. Craig Venter,
to collaborate with me and enter
into an agreement
to provide me with the technology.
Since I have at the moment a cash crunch,
on profit sharing basis I think it should work out:
that is my hunch!
One Bio scientist, my friend, easily said
that what they have done in a cell
is replaced protein with synthetic material,
and took out the DNA, genome.
Now what genome, DNA kept the parental instructions,
a computer outside does it with fun!
What an idea!
Now I too can make humans and animals
and other living forms
that I need in my circus, with a storm.
I would feed the synthetics in the empty cells,
and infuse the life into the chemical proteins,
by giving parental DNA instructions,
through a powerful computer in-between.
As for the repetitive tasks
the computer will excel, the natural genome;
the motions of synthetic performers will be ever finer;
better tricks animals too will play on.
My circus will be the first with such excellence,
and so it’ll be the best in the world, in a sense.
So this will be a mutually beneficial deal,
I'll earn—and Venter's Institute will too,
that's how I feel.
I am keen.
I keep looking for new possibilities
in the business, relationships, and other things
and give it a shot in light of the change:
this will keep them finely tuned.
And that’s what I read somewhere—I forgot
which book let me muse?
Oh! It was Who moved my Cheese?
Let's handle the change with ease!
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