Tuesday, 31 March 2009

The Cold Hand of Evolution

Myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy... It's a genetic condition which gives sufferers 40% more muscle mass, with no negative side effects.

I sometimes worry that human kind is stagnating itself, declaring anything outside accepted norms a 'deformity' and treating it into extinction. With seven billion people in the world, one-in-a-billion chances happen occasionally. Eugenics is probably a step too far, but we should be seizing these opportunities.

Of course, the masses rule and turkeys wouldn't vote for Christmas. I just thought it was interesting and worth remembering. There's a thought experiment which might lead to a story in there somewhere...

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