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[Perspectives] Kazuo Ishiguro’s uncanny science

In his 2015 New Yorker article, “Gene Hackers”, science writer Michael Specter described the mixture of excitement and uncertainty that followed the successful cloning of Dolly the sheep in 1997: “scores of journalists (including me) descended on Edinburgh, and wrote that the achievement, while wondrous, also carried the ominous implication that scientists had finally pried open Pandora’s box”. In Greek mythology, of course, Pandora raised the lid of a jar she was told not to open and released death and other evils into the world.