[LMB] Gene cleaning in real life

Matthew George matt.msg at gmail.com
Thu Nov 9 21:18:40 GMT 2017


Which is a great reason to select on the basic of traits rather than
genes.  Even so, eliminating genetic diseases isn't necessarily a good
idea, as genes may arise which render the alterations functional rather
than pathological - but that requires enduring generations of suffering for
random mutations which may never come.  (For example, there probably is no
possible mutation which would eliminate the negative consequences of two
copies of the 'sickle-cell' gene.  But because malaria is such a major
killer, the gene persists.  Should it be removed or not?)

Matt G.


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