Thursday, July 17, 2008

More complex than we thought...

David Brooks writes an interesting op-ed piece in the New York Times regarding the conundrum science is facing in its excursions into the human brain. In seeking to determine the source of human behavior neuroscientists and geneticists are finding the human mind to be much more complex than expected, thereby dashing initial hopes of being able to engineer human traits. As it turns out, a single gene cannot influence a single trait all by itself as was once thought.

Moreover, research is showing that genes are influenced by environmental factors. Wow. So much for the Nature vs. Nurture debate. It isn't "either/or", but rather "both/and". So I suppose creating "designer" babies is on hold for now. But look out, the geneticists are just waiting for the ethical waters to ebb.

Being fearfully and wonderfully made has its benefits.

Baruch Hashem and Soli Deo Gloria!

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