Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Genetic Engineering run amok

Fascinating piece by Will Saletan about dog breeding and its effects.

n the course of engineering dogs to look, feel, and act as we wanted, we ruined millions of them. We gave them legs so short they couldn't run, noses so flat they couldn't breathe, tempers so hostile they couldn't function in society. Even our best intentions backfired. Nature invented sexual reproduction to diversify gene pools and dilute bad variants. By forcing dogs into incest (which we ban among humans for biological reasons), we defied nature.

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