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Human genome sequencing - so what!

Human genome sequencing - so what!

The human genome was sequenced in 2011. 3 million base pairs, one after the other.

This was a truly historic event for two reasons. Both reasons are complementary, but only one supports the optimism that accompanied this great scientific leap forward.

Let us start with the most obvious consequence: many causes, as well as cures for previously unsolved medical problems, were discovered retrospectively thanks to this discovery. Undoubtedly.

But an even more important lesson we learned from this discovery is that even the full disclosure of our genome did not help us to establish a direct link between genome and body. Many believed, and some still believe, that by revealing the genome we are also revealing buttons that change the body. Many believe that a better knowledge of these knobs would allow us to steer the human body away from disease and toward eternal health.

I exaggerate a bit, because at least serious scientists have warned before that genes cannot be understood as such knobs. The reason such warnings have not led to such an attitude is metaphysical: the fear of accepting that life is complex but not complicated. The complexity of the genome produces emergencies that cannot be predicted before they emerge. They elude the mechanical control we would like to have.

It is now clear that there are some parts of the genome that can be associated with certain diseases (or lack thereof), but on the other hand, we are discovering that most of the genome is redundant and that there is no direct link between phenotype and genotype. The genome is certainly one of the players in the phenotypic field, but only one of many (perhaps). Life is not the sum of its parts. The scientific obsession with analyzing parts is understandable, but the realm of life is beyond science.

So the second lesson to emerge from the sequencing of the human genome is anything but bad news. In terms of human evolutionary strategies, it is more important to accept the consequences of complexity than to cure some diseases that we could not cure until this discovery.

Unfortunately, however, the scientific progressives (reductionists) do not want to accept this lesson. If they did, we would not be driven deeper and deeper into the trap of climate management. The IPCC completely fails to look at climate as something complex. They do not even attempt to sequence the causes of climate change, an effort that would be akin to the project to sequence the human genome, but instead claim that a single base pair, humans, are the crucial knob that causes climate change.

The similarities between human genome sequencing and the causes of climate change end there. While the sequencing of the human genome is socially unobjectionable, the suppression of climate change is based on a political agenda: redistribution. And since those doing the redistributing get their share of the redistributed wealth, their reluctance to accept scientific facts about complexity makes a lot of sense for their interests. Against the interests of the vast majority of others.

This post was originally written in 2011. While the unwarranted furor over the sequencing of the human genome has died down, the climate change agenda is flourishing. No wonder Human genome sequencing is based on science, while the climate change agenda is based on ideology; as is the LGTB+++ agenda, which is based on WOKE ideology that directly contradicts human biological science. Contemporary progressivists preach science and kill it at the same time.

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