A Smarter Future?
I was recently reading an article in Science News that made me think of an interesting thought. The article titled Doubled gene means extra smarts, talks about how a gene titled SRGAP2 is duplicated in humans but not in other primates, leading researchers to believe that it lead to the improved brain capacity of humans over other mammals. It goes on to further talk about how this gene has now become a staple in the human genetic code insuring human intelligence. In addition, the shortened version of the gene SRGAP2 is also found duplicated in some humans, which can cause increased width of cortex layers leading to extra smarts. I found it particularly interesting that they found the gene that leads to increased intelligence, because it unlocks all sorts of possibilities. I mean we could figure out how to duplicate these genes in dogs or cats, making them as smart as us so we can finally understand these animals. Additionally we can eventually figure out how to replicate them in humans leading to even smarter humans, further progressing our society and maybe even solving some of our most puzzling problems. What do you all think about modifying genes in animals or even humans? Is it good or bad? Will it lead to disastrous consequences?