Monday, December 17, 2007

Accelerated genetic human evolution


This BBC article [Thanks to Ed for sending it to me] writes about a study that tries to demonstrate that the human evolution is accelerating in the genetic level. I find it very nice as a reality check for those who don't believe in evolution.

On the other hand it seems to me like we're past the point of natural genetic evolution. After watching a genetically modified mouse walk fearlessly towards a cat as a result of parts of it's olfactory bulb getting disabled, just to cite one of the recent wonders of genetic manipulations, you can see it coming fast ... Our pace with gene variations through genetic procedures will be so accelerated that we could say reproduction is losing its primordial goal in the human race (too movie like but not less true because of that).

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