As genetic engineering continues to advance, playing God has never seemed so easy.
And yet humans have never seemed so powerless.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 20, 2018, with the headline 'Now we can create blue roses, but our real talent is destruction'. Print Edition | Subscribe
We have been experiencing some problems with subscriber log-ins and apologise for the inconvenience caused. Until we resolve the issues, subscribers need not log in to access ST Digital articles. But a log-in is still required for our PDFs.