Thursday, April 12, 2007

Male Births Drop in US and Japan

Recent story in Wired about the drop in male births in the US and Japan points to some research from the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute's Center for Environmental Oncology. The research suggests a combination of environmental factors that are effecting genetic material pre-conception in males as well as in prenatal situations. The story mentions that males with high rates of exposure to solvents in the workplace conceive fewer male children.
Genetic engineering should be looked at as more expansive than just those activities that deliberately involve the direct manipulation of DNA, as the manipulation of a population's biology indirectly (like through the allowed exposure to toxins in the workplace) is equally an engineered situation. Positive eugenics (through tech like IVF) and negative eugenics (regulating reproduction of "undesirables") alike were always part of the program.

posted by ryan griffis  # 4:30 PM

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