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Xerek Files: Entry Number Six – [Genetics]

In the scientific field of biology, one of its important components is that of genetics.  What genetics deals with is that of genes, heredity, and variations within living organisms.  In addition to a key component of biology, it’s also a major field of study.  It’s even a corner stone of evolution, which is defined as the change of allele frequencies within a population over time.  They are nothing more than the building blocks of life, allowing an organism to be constructed and to develop.  With alleles, they are essentially the component parts of genes that combine and recombine to create a new genetic sequence as well as to allow for the creation of proteins.  And with these genetic sequences, they are the controlling agents of any biological organism for they determine which traits and characteristics manifest themselves within an organism, how they do so, and in what manner.  From there, natural selection determines which genes get passed down to the next generation while eliminating the harmful and useless ones.  And despite what people have claimed about genes, they have nothing to do with the origins of life.  All that genes concern themselves with is how life changes overtime after it was initially created.

As with all other organisms, those with extraordinary traits and abilities are also subject to evolution.  In fact, those with extraordinary traits and abilities wouldn’t exist in the first place without the guiding force of genetics.  Without it, they would be just ordinary individuals going about their daily lives.  And for individuals to possess extraordinary traits and abilities, several steps need to be taken on the genetic level for the extraordinary traits and abilities to be allowed to manifest themselves.  This has to do with the inherent complexity of the genetic code.  Enough genes within an individual’s genetic code have to lineup just right for the desired sequence to be formed.  From there, the extraordinary traits and abilities will be able to manifest themselves.

This is due in part to the fact that there is no single “mutant” gene that allows for the manifestation of extraordinary traits and abilities.  There are a number of different genes that are required for extraordinary traits and abilities to manifest.  In addition to this, the genes responsible are recessive, requiring that both parents pass on the necessary genes to their child for the extraordinary traits and abilities to form.  This is why parents who don’t possess any extraordinary traits and abilities can have children that do, even if their family lines has never had individuals with extraordinary traits and abilities before now.  And it can also explain why those with extraordinary traits and abilities can have siblings that don’t.

And if you trace the genetic lines back far enough, even just within that of Homo sapiens, you would see that all of the available genes within the human genetic library come from a relatively small group of individuals; at least on the grander scale of things.  That is what eventually allows for recessive genes and traits to manifest.  Even within the current human population, there are groups that share a closer common ancestor then with humanity as a whole.  That is what allows for ethnic groups to occur in the first place as seen with Africans, Asians, Europeans, Native Americans, and Hispanics, just to name a few.

With genetics, it can be found in the most simplest of organisms, such as amebas and algae, to very complex organisms, such as whales, cephalopods, and primates.  The more complex an organism becomes, the more complex that their genetic codes need to be in order to satisfy the needed requirements for that organism to function properly.  This is also true with those with extraordinary traits and abilities.  Comparing them with individuals that don’t possess extraordinary traits and abilities, individuals with extraordinary traits and abilities tend to possess more genetic material.  This is due to the fact that, as a whole, they’re more complex organisms then the average human being.  It is from this advanced genetic material that allows for their extraordinary traits and abilities to manifest.  And it is possible, from this increased level of genetic diversity, that allows for the wide range of extraordinary traits and abilities to manifest.  But further research needs to be done before this can be determined with certainty.

But in the end, regardless of the precise and exact details, extraordinary traits and abilities wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for genetics and their influence upon living organisms.  Without it, even life would collapse and cease to exist.  Life hinges on the existence of genes and has invested everything into it, and it has paid off tremendously, resulting in the great proliferation of life seen on Earth.  And without mutations to the genetic code that occur over time, those with extraordinary traits and abilities wouldn’t have developed in the first place, let alone the complexity that is found throughout the planet.  And that’s all that genes ever are; the driving force behind biology that determines everything that is, has been, and that will ever be alive in the universe.

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2012 in Xerek Files

 

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