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Human genetic studies are pointing to more and more interesting information about how our bodies work and develop and ultimately fail. Optimists point to using this knowledge for the improvement of the human condition, but there are some obvious counter-arguments to this viewpoint. So far, though, the technology for genetic therapies or designer babies hasn't been anywhere near perfected, giving us some time to reflect on the possibilities and pitfalls. Unfortunately, our inherent biases in what we're looking at in our genome might prove to be our own undoing. After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.
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Filed Under: aphakia, breast cancer, cancer, dna, gattaca, gene therapy, genetics, health, medicine, mutants, timothy dreyer
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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 1 Sep 2015 @ 7:32pm

    Breast size genetics is being studied...
    If this is being done with a federal grant, does it make all of those "F.B.I." T-shirts legit?

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      Anonymous Coward, 2 Sep 2015 @ 4:57am

      Re:

      "[...]but sadly the greatest minds and resources where focused on conquering hair loss and prolonging erections."

      Yep, looks like we're living it right now, not 500 years in the future.

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    Sheogorath (profile), 1 Sep 2015 @ 8:18pm

    People with a condition called aphakia can see in the ultraviolet region of light -- normally invisible to most humans.
    Pfft, that's nothing! I can see x-rays without an absence of the lenses of my eyes. :p

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  • identicon
    Pixelation, 1 Sep 2015 @ 8:59pm

    FTFY

    "Naturally-occurring genetic mutations happen all the time, and some of them lead to serious diseases..."

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    900 men in a gap, 1 Sep 2015 @ 9:07pm

    Elysium

    Yep steals from the poor gives to the rich stupid bitch, denis moore denise moore.

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    Lawrence D’Oliveiro, 2 Sep 2015 @ 1:40am

    Wonder What Happens To Those “World’s Strongest Baby” Children

    Every now and then, you hear of some kid born with a mutation that gives them much greater strength than normal people. Yet you never hear what happens when they grow older: do they die young, or suffer other health problems?

    Humans are much weaker than other primates--even the world’s strongest and toughest man is no match for an ordinary chimpanzee. This is because of a mutation that happened to us at some point after we separated off from the great apes. So presumably these children have the reverse mutation. But in the meantime our skeletons have adapted to the lesser muscle strength, so the increased strength can lead to difficulties elsewhere.

    At least, that’s what I surmise...

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