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Genetic deformities (warning may be disturbing)

  1. Jun 14, 2009 #1
    I think that we can learn a lot about genetic coding by analyzing extreme cases of deformity. For example, it's very common to see extra appendages -- this tells us that there is a low-level of redundancy in the code, and that there are just a few bits that control where a leg module should be formed...something like calling a subroutine. Also, notice that additional legs never break symmetry. Indeed every organism uses symmetry to condense coding.

    kitten cyclops
    http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/8602/021cyclopskitten.jpg [Broken]

    two headed kitten
    http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/7054/1195704230050.jpg [Broken]

    kitten with two mouths
    http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/5131/kitten2i.jpg [Broken]

    black albinos (sadly these people are often exiled or killed in some places)
    http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/146/blackalbino.jpg [Broken]

    chicken with four legs
    http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/9341/weirdanimalchicken49.jpg [Broken]

    lamb with 7? 8? legs
    http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/1016/weirddeformedanimals01.jpg [Broken]

    http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/9711/weirddeformedanimals03.jpg [Broken]

    another hydra
    http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/2505/weirddeformedanimals04.jpg [Broken]

    cow with extra legs
    http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/5986/weirddeformedanimals05.jpg [Broken]

    four legged duck (4 legs good, 2 legs bad?)
    http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/5523/weirddeformedanimals07.jpg [Broken]

    four legged duckling
    http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/4725/weirddeformedanimals08.jpg [Broken]

    butt-head cow
    http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/8365/weirddeformedanimals10.jpg [Broken]

    extra legs
    http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/6454/weirddeformedanimals11.jpg [Broken]

    woman with thin waist
    http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/2313/user7561168404947a.jpg [Broken]

    Lakshmi the 8-legged girl
    http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/9651/aplaskshmi071106ms.jpg [Broken]

    Dede "tree-man"
    http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/5743/3ae911aa2350a3cc2d1f804.jpg [Broken]

    Huang, Chinese elephant man
    http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/5493/4210chinaselephantman11.jpg [Broken]

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  3. Jun 14, 2009 #2


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    How many of those are genetic errors vs just unformed conjoined twins?
  4. Jun 14, 2009 #3
    This is a mix of very different cases. And tree man has been cured.
  5. Jun 14, 2009 #4
    His condition is improved (through surgery), but he looks far from cured...and warts have a tendency to grow back.
  6. Jun 14, 2009 #5
    It's interesting that black people can become albino (a white person), but a white person does not become a black person.

    Perhaps white people are genetic mutations black skin. (Actually, its more of a dark redish skin we are derived from. Black people are a darker version, white people a lighter version - or so I was told on a discovery show a while ago).
  7. Jun 14, 2009 #6
    Ever heard of a harlequin baby?



    It's actually quite a fascinating disease.
  8. Jun 14, 2009 #7
    Ugh! They should put that baby down once its born (or just abort it before its born) <yuck>

    Which leads me to ask, if they know a baby will be retarded before its born: why don't they just abort it? What is the point of giving birth to a handicapped baby: they only sad reason I can think of is "all Life is precious" nonsense.
  9. Jun 14, 2009 #8

    Because they can still live

    http://www.10news.com/health/3919722/detail.html [Broken]

    He survived into adulthood and is actually a triathlete.

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  10. Jun 14, 2009 #9
    Exactly, it all comes down to that "life is precision" bunk. Personally I find it inhumane to put a human being through the suffering of life in that condition. At the stage of birth, a baby hasn't developed enough of a sense of self or unique identity to be precious...even if it does have some primordial sense of awareness.
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  12. Jun 14, 2009 #11
    Not everyone gets very good prenatal care and even with minimal care I'm not sure these things would be caught right away.
  13. Jun 14, 2009 #12


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    Precisely. Even those that are not examples of conjoined twins, some are also developmental defects that can occur for reasons unrelated to genetics. A mother exposed to a toxin or with a disruption of blood flow to the placenta at a particular stage of development can lead to many abnormalities too.
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