Jun 13, 2010

Will Humane Genome Research Ruin the Earth

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Believe it is now about 10 years since the Humane Genome was largely decoded by a private and government team in the DC metro area.

From what we read this break thru although amazing has perhaps not lead to all of the drug therapies that were predicted soon after the Genome was read.

We watched Francis Collins one of the initial Genome scientists speak of on CNN what he projects in the next decade as the cost of reading individual genes decreases.

He says although to read the entire genome of an individual costs around $10k today, he feels that will drop to around $1k in 5 years time.

This low cost could put a serious dent in overpopulation efforts. If each individual has their genome read, finds the diseases that are particular to their person, and act to fix these diseases, humans will be living along with a good diet til into the age 120's.

Can the Earth handle all these people? We are suspect.

Don't misread us, we are all for Gene research and the benefits it can give man but we will need to seriously curtail the amount of newborns produced if each life is 120 years. Think of the consumption alone by people living from the average now in the mid 70's til 120. Another 50 odd years of consumption per human.

Serious study should be done on these effects of overpopulation now before it begins to occur.

Some recent press has compared China to India. Both of which left colonialism around the same time in after WW2. China has perhaps more than tripled India's GDP but with only moderately more people thanks to the 1 child per family policy instituted by the government. Although China is still out of control in many ways, can you imagine what they would be  like without the reduced family policies. China is poor and has starvation in many areas but India is far worse since it cannot seem to control it's population growth.

This is something tangible to consider if we are all living to be 120 thanks to Genome research

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