ProLifers’ Update on Genetic Engineering: EXTREME INBREEDING

A new study of about 450,000 human genomes found “extreme inbreeding” among the individuals. For pro-lifers, it is a cautionary indication against rosy pictures of genetic engineering of human embryos. The scientific community and its secular advocates suggest there is little reason to eventually (“eventually” is interpreted variously and not embraced by all) engage in widescale manipulation of the genetics of human embryos. The presence of “extreme inbreeding,” however, is just one of dozens of factual reasons why such “heritable genetic editing” will likely have unexpected, concentrated, and very dangerous consequences for the future of the human race.

The study is not getting much attention among geneticists’ publications. It is not the kind of information they are eager to absorb.

From an article in Nature:

“These stretches indicate that the parents were closely related.

The researchers found that the genomes of one in 3,652 people born in the United Kingdom between 1938 and 1967 show extreme inbreeding, with the two sets of chromosomes sharing more than 10% of their DNA. This indicates unions between full siblings, a parent and a child, a grandparent and a grandchild, or other relatives with similar degrees of relatedness. 

People whose genomes showed extreme inbreeding tended to be shorter, less muscular and have weaker cognitive abilities than average.”

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