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Old 06-28-2004, 09:48 AM   #1
Mike Minium
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Did anyone else read this article?

I'm left with many different thoughts. The first thing that popped into my mind, though, sadly, was: great, now scientists might be on the verge of finding another drug that enhances muscle growth. Yet another reason for people to not exercise and pay attention to what they eat.

Yet at the same time, as the article points out, this could be a boon for those who suffer from muscle-wasting afflictions.

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Old 06-28-2004, 09:52 AM   #2
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Yup...I saw the article. Actually, my thoughts were more for the kid. What'll happen to him long-term with this condition?

As for those who'd look at this as just another way to gain muscle...screw 'em. They'll never know the satisfaction of performance earned through hard work and dedication.
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Old 07-03-2004, 03:05 AM   #3
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The current issue of Scientific American has a cover story on gene doping which discusses this subject in depth, without reference to the boy. There's a picture of a bull who looks as ripped as a body builder because of the same genetic mutation the boy has E-5686-10 CF-94EB83414B7F0000
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Old 07-15-2004, 02:05 PM   #4
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If you believe in Evolution than some would say that evolution of a species comes from a single/multiple mutation. Now whether or not that mutation is viable is normally determined by the organisms ability to survive/propogate itself better than comparable organisms due to this mutation. In todays society I don't think the same conitions exist (as in primitative ages) to determine whether or not this is a viable mutation. I would think that in the whole history of mankind that this mutation has occured many times in the past and was determined to be a disadvantage for survival. Otherwise, I would think that most of mankind would be endowed with the same genetic mutation. I think that as mankind becomes more domestic and the measure of success/survival is determined more by his/her intellect that we as a species would evolve our mental capacities versus or physical. We will probably evolve into tall skinny "greys" 100's of thousands of years from now. Just a thought. Interesting read though. Reminds me of the X-men in some ways. (Yes I was a comic book nerd as a kid)!

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Old 07-15-2004, 04:19 PM   #5
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There is no natural selection in humans per se. Survival/breeding factors vary so wildly that there's no motive force in any given direction. In industrialized nations virtually everyone survives and can breed so if anything we're just gonna broaden genetic variety. There will be no improvement in any direction
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