Lawrence L. Lapin
The previous posting considers the limited role of DNA (the traditional genome) in determining how life unfolds. There we discussed three other dimensions to the genetics state-of-art: the epigenome (timing of gene activity), the biome (role of beneficial bacteria), and the virome (interplay with viruses). Today’s genetics allows for the potential of environment affecting how the unborn (and not-yet conceived) might differ from parents and be influenced by these three non-traditional operators on inherited characteristics.
The once banished Lamarckian hypothesis is given new credence through current biological experiments. One of these showed how mice fattened in the lab tend to have pups whose obesity proclivities are not reflected in inherited genes associated with DNA. Researchers have argued that parents’ exposure to fatty diet somehow changes the mouse epigenome, and that the pups will pass obesity tendencies on to their own offspring. In effect, the environment permanently changes the heredity of those rodents without readily identifiable DNA shifts. In a nutshell, modern genetics has not yet provided a complete understanding of evolutionary change.
Does this mean that we can provide our progeny with inherited advantages just by keeping our own life on an even keel? We might even make a science out of directed human evolution.
In spite of ethical issues raised, when faced with decisions regarding restorations of life on Earth—as told in the stories of my Adam’s Chronicles—superhero Adam Boatwright acts boldly. Things get done. The greatest fictional stretches in genetics begin in Adam’s Tiger.
Book III of Adam’s Chronicles moves 500 years into the future. Planet Earth is still recovering from a disastrous meteor impact. The centuries-long effort to bring back animals and plants—and mankind itself—is nearing its conclusion.
Humans make a small footprint in this renewed world, though ecological disaster is expected from explosive population growth. Changes are in the works, troubles are brewing, and Adam Boatwright worries about the future.
The long-lived geneticist vows to discourage mankind from again ruining the planet. He also takes on a new goal: to make life more robust while improving the platform for future evolution. In doing so, he would bring back animals driven to extinction by early humans, starting with woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats.
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The Adam’s Chronicles Series
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