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Friday, May 27, 2005

Belgian Blues

When I saw this picture of an extremely muscled and genetically modified cow it led me to an article describing exactly what it was. The cow is called a Belgian Blue, and it's modified so that it's body does not produce myostatin, which inhibits muscle growth. Which in effect causes the cow to grow as much muscle as possible without actually working for it.

This is significant because scientists are working on doing the same thing to humans, and I'm sure you can imagine what would happen once they do. Athletes would pick this up immediately, and it's scary because it can't be traced like normal drugs can.

Perhaps the most important and complex decision in the history of our species is approaching: in what ways should we improve our genetic endowment? Yet we are neither focused on this question nor adequately schooled to resolve it.