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The Human Race Is Dying: DNA Degeneration Would Eventually Lead To The Total Extinction Of Humanity

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The human race is dying.  It certainly won’t happen this year or even this decade, but the steady degeneration of human DNA would eventually lead to the total extinction of humanity given enough time.  The reason that we are heading toward extinction is the increasing number of mutations that are being passed down from generation to generation.  According to Dr. John Sanford of Cornell University, every one of us already carries tens of thousands of harmful mutations, and each of us will pass on approximately 100 new mutations to future generations.  Humanity is degenerating at an accelerating pace, and at some point the number of mutations will become so great that we will no longer be able to produce viable offspring.  This is not going to happen in the immediate future, but already signs of DNA degeneration are all around us.  Despite all of our advanced technology, genetically-related diseases are absolutely exploding.  Our bodies are weak and frail, and with each passing generation it is getting even worse.

Most people don’t understand this.  Most average people on the street just assume that the human race will be able to go on indefinitely.

But the geneticists that carefully study these things understand this stuff.  Each generation is successively becoming more “mutant”, and if given a long enough period of time it would mean our end.  Dr. Sanford puts it this way…

“We are a perishing people living in a dying world.”

In school and in the movies, we are taught that mutants are “cool” and that mutations can be a very good thing.  But that simply is not solid science.  The following is how Alex Williams describes the incredibly damaging role that mutations play in our biology…

However, directly contradicting mutation’s central role in life’s diversity, we have seen growing experimental evidence that mutations destroy life. In medical circles, mutations are universally regarded as deleterious. They are a fundamental cause of ageing, cancer and infectious diseases.

Even among evolutionary apologists who search for examples of mutations that are beneficial, the best they can do is to cite damaging mutations that have beneficial side effects (e.g. sickle-cell trait, a 32-base-pair deletion in a human chromosome that confers HIV resistance to homozygotes and delays AIDS onset in heterozygotes, CCR5–delta32 mutation, animal melanism, and stickleback pelvic spine suppression). Such results are not at all surprising in the light of the discovery that DNA undergoes up to a million damage and repair events per cell per day.

So no, we are not going to “evolve” into bigger and better creatures.  Instead, the human race is steadily breaking down and our time is running out.

In essence, the blueprint of human life is being systematically destroyed, and there is not a thing we can do to even significantly slow it down.  The following is from a paper by Gerald H. McKibben and Everett C. McKibben

Geneticists have long worried about the impact of mutations on the human population, and that at a rate of one deleterious mutation per person per generation, genetic deterioration would result. Earlier reports were based on estimates of mutation rates considerable lower than what we now know to be the case. Findings going back to 2002 show that the human mutation rate is at least 100 mistakes (misspellings) per person per generation. Some scientists believe the rate is closer to 300.

Even a rate of 100 has profound implications, and the mutation rate is itself increasing. Furthermore, most, if not all, mutations in the human genome must be deleterious.  “And nothing can reverse the damage that has been done during our own generation, even if further mutations could be stopped.” (P. 40). It would appear that the process is an irreversible downward spiral that will end in “mutational meltdown”.

So how long do we have until “mutational meltdown”?

Well, according to McKibben and McKibben, Dr. Sanford estimates that the human race has a total lifespan of approximately 6,000 years…

The author cites research showing that the human race is currently degenerating at 1 – 2 % per generation due to accumulation of mutations. At a 1% decline in fitness per generation, there is a sharp reduction in fitness after 300 generations (about 6,000 years). One of the most interesting revelations in Genetic Entropy is Dr. Sanford’s and other workers’ analysis of the Biblical account of life expectancies. In a statistical regression analysis of declining life spans since Noah (lived 950 years), after 32 centuries since Noah the life expectancy has declined to about 70. The remarkable aspect is that this curve, which shows a sharp drop-off after Noah and a more gradual decline about 1,000 years ago, is that it is very similar to theoretical curves presented by other researchers that show genetic degeneration. Either Moses faithfully recorded the events (and ages) recorded in Genesis, or he was a skilled statistician who made up data with a remarkable fit to an exponential curve!

Other scientists put the lifespan of the human race significantly higher, but without a doubt there is a growing awareness in the scientific community that the human race is slowly heading toward extinction.

This is how Alex Williams puts it…

“Like rust eating away the steel in a bridge, mutations are eating away our genomes and there is nothing we can do to stop them.”

Dr. Sanford makes the same point a little bit more eloquently…

“The extinction on the human genome appears to be just as certain and deterministic as the extinction of stars, the death of organisms, and the heat death of the universe.”

For more on this, check out the excerpt from a video interview with Dr. Sanford posted below…

So what do you think?

Is time running out for the human race or do we have plenty of time left?

Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below…

About the author: Michael T. Snyder is a former Washington D.C. attorney who now publishes The Truth.  His new thriller entitled “The Beginning Of The End” is now available on Amazon.com.

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  • 11Hotel

    Not sure what kind of Christian the author is, but as with the article on the Sun’s demise, this doesn’t really matter as God’s plan for the future is already laid out in Scripture. In this regard, it is infinitely better to be concerned with your eternal destiny…

    • Hammerstrike

      You are an “atheist” troll.

    • Jt

      And there you go ahead and hit the nail on the head as to my biggest problem with religion. Here you are, facing the potential EXTINCTION OF HUMANITY, and you say “Well, it doesn’t matter, surely it’s just part of God’s plan”. Ever think God’s plan might be for us to get up off our ass and do something about it, and stop being dogmatic good for nothing whiners who do nothing but complain about how other people live their life?

  • DJohn1

    My theory is that there are now 7 billion human beings on this planet give or take a little. That means there are 7 billion different combinations of human being on the planet. Each generation has a bell curve involved. Yes there are 10% or more really defective human bodies and maybe 10% really good perfect bodies on the planet. The rest are in between and average a number of defects.
    In the 90s we had a dramatic break through in the science of why we age. The mad scientists cloned a sheep from a six-year old female sheep. It was a direct duplicate of the programmed material from the mother. Only something went wrong. The sheep aged rapidly until it reached the mother’s age. Then it aged normally.
    What they found out from this is we lose data every time we regenerate a cell. We start out at conception with an enormous amount of data. By the time we are born we have lost quite a bit of it. Then we proceed to lose until we die of old age. Usually after about 50 generations or more of reproductions of our cells. As we lose this material the defects from this lost data cause us to get all kinds of fatal illnesses.
    My own theory is the Earth before the flood had a huge layer of atmosphere that prevented us from absorbing radiation at the rate it did after the flood. Age resembles radiation poisoning. After the flood the atmosphere was much thinner. It is still reducing its ability to protect us from radiation and we show it by aging faster.

    The other guess is that the “gods” that created mankind figured out we seem to reproduce like rabbits. With a long lifespan we populated the planet too fast. So they had to slow it down. That those “gods” tried to eliminate the human species with the flood shows how much they were like their creation. Genocide was in their vocabulary. I feel God intervened and that is the only reason we are here. But I think he chose survivors that were genetically much shorter lived than the original model.
    Cancer cells are an accident of this degeneration. Though cancers do not age. They do not lose data when they generate new cells. So cultured cells of cancer will live many times longer than normal cells.
    We are programmed to die from the time we are conceived. The question is can we breed for longevity as Robert Heinlein suggested in his science fiction series on long lived families?
    If we combine science research, genetics, the right foods, and a properly shielded environment, I think we could double or even triple the average age of a human being.
    But then we would have to resolve our social problems and provide a means for all of us to survive. We would have to limit our growth as a species on this planet.
    Basically we would have to follow the principles laid down by Jesus and learn to live together in peace. It would take all of us to resolve the problems because no one section of humanity has all the answers. That means figuring out how to live with one another without war and fighting.

  • Seaweed222

    Could it be all the GMOs in the food???

    • Hammerstrike

      Could it be that natural selection can only be delayed?

  • William B Stoecker

    If these researchers are correct, this is yet more evidence for intelligent design. If God did not create new species regularly all life would have died out long ago. Given the evidence for the extreme antiquity of Mankind, He may have recreated us over and over,

  • Geo3over

    Jesus said this generation will not pass away till all this come to past… It has been 65 years since Israel’s rebirth… These scientist are saying 70 years is a generation…hum

  • Alex Lieber-Alessie

    If we spent more of our resources on medical research instead of military technology, we would lick the mutation degradation, cancer and aging. We need to stop killi cancer cells and focus on learning how to control the mitotic rate of cellular division. The true cure for cancer and aging is right there in the cancer cell. That’s a mutation from which we can expand longevity and not just enabling people to live longer lifespans within known human longevity of a maximum if 120 years.

    Alex Lieber-Alessie

    • Hammerstrike

      On the contrary, what was military technology eventually develops into other things.

      WW2 = computers
      Beside, the budget of welfare in the US is now greater than the budget of the military.

  • mleblanc138

    The Second Coming will most likely happen before any extinction of humanity. And upon resurrection, every last one of these “mutations” will disappear from everyone.

  • cmonguyman

    Sin is a horrible thing. All of creation is in declination. But they can’t make that connection. Come Lord Jesus..!! :-)

  • Hammerstrike

    Huh, what are the other races?

    Natural selection was never stopped, only delayed. Thus, genetical engineering, which some folks deems to be so horrible, is a necessity, otherwise the human specie would go extinct.

    • He WhoSee’s

      The question then becomes: are YOU willing to be killed off, prodded, probed, and have genetically superior folks rule over you in a technocracy for the benefit of humanity?

      • Hammerstrike

        That is the thing, objective reality will stay the same regardless of whatever one aknowledges it or not.

        And what has happened to Africa and the Middle-East after the European powers left? Paris and London are overrune with former colonial subjects in spite of recent problems, why?
        Because they realise that life there is far, far better and interesting than in Alger, Islamabad or Lagos.
        Transhumanism and singularity are fare better than stagnation.

        Are YOU willing to be killed off, gang-raped, enslaved, enjoy cultural-marxist North America or Sharia law Londonistan?

        • He WhoSee’s

          “Transhumanism and singularity are fare better than stagnation.”

          So, repackaged Eugenics and false ‘improvement’ of mankind through magic computers that don’t exist yet is better than stagnation…

          It sounds to me that’s actually a faster means of achieving stagnation when it’s put into actually practice.

          • Hammerstrike

            False improvements?

            The thing is, genetical engineering is already possible, already practiced on humans.
            The west have all these “ethical questions” but others does not.
            Same with human cloning, which is taboo because despite all the pretences otherwise, nurture doesn´t decide everything after all.

            So what is the alternative to eugenics, exactly? What is the basis for human rights?

        • He WhoSee’s

          “objective reality will stay the same regardless of whatever one aknowledges it or not.”

          The problem with that, is that people will ultimately say what’s objective and people, like for Marxists for example, are about as objective as, well, Marxists. Everyone looks at something through an ideological lens and even if something was SO concrete, like the fact that Marxism tends towards entropy, what’s so obviously objective truth is ignored and something else is said to be objective truth and followed even when it isn’t.

          You ever play Deus Ex?

          • Hammerstrike

            You ever been to a third-world country for more than a week or two?
            Have you have had to deal with the “oppressed” on a daily basis?

            Thought what makes cultural-marxism wrong is pretty simple for those who sought and found.
            What makes the current, orthodoxe science incomplete, Michael have dwelled on the subject too.

  • Luis Marco

    Hi, it’s rather better that you read the Urantia book, it’s free online, you will get answers thus & Hope… (!) ;)

  • collardgreen

    Why not try quoting real scientists instead of rationalizing bullshitters? Oh right, it would make you look foolish.

    • Matt

      Hi Collardgreen. Whether Dr. Sanford’s argument is correct or not, he is definitely legitimate in his qualifications. He has a Ph.D. in Genetics, was a pioneer in biotechnology (he invented the gene gun), and he is a former faculty member at Cornell University.

      • sisi

        But there is one problem with this article; 6,000 years is not 300 generations, in just the last 100 years my family had 5 generations.

        • dontstoptheparty

          let’s see now…
          5*10=50 (amount in 1000 years)
          50*6=300 (amount in 6000 years)

          According to the math, 5 generations per century are equal to exactly 300 in 6000 years. Did you take basic 4-function math in lower grade school? Either the answer is no or you are misrepresenting data in hopes that nobody with a basic knowledge of math will come along and take less than 20 seconds to prove you wrong. You can’t debate cold, hard numbers.

          • sisi

            Sorry… you’re right, I think I was half asleep when I read the article and wrote that!

  • Theodore

    Christ will return before that happens.

  • Ronnie

    I always had the belief that natural selection would eventually kill us off one way or another. The population will no doubt decrease but there will always be the option of clones.

  • Jorge Calvo

    Our organic bodies were never designed as elegant machines. There is hope however that we might be able to cheat death if we move our subconsciousness into highly advanced quantum processors. REMEMBER folks,moores law hasn’t lied to us.
    The age when man and machine become one is coming

  • Copper Munger

    Thank you! I find this fascinating and completely in line with GOD’s plan for humanity. He designed the universe to accommodate life on the earth. The scientific parameters of our placement in the larger universe, placement in our solar system, rotation, orbit and atmosphere is what makes life on earth possible. If any of these parameters were not precisely what they are we would not exist. HE set the pattern of work as six days and rest one day. Jewish tradition upholds that man had six thousand years to live and work and the seventh thousand as a SABBATH rest. I have heard this before, on ‘Prophecy in the News’ with Gary Stearman. His guest was saying that when sin entered the world it was like a computer file becoming corrupted. Scientists also have found a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton in 2002 that in the femur (thigh bone) they found in tact spongy, elastic tissue with blood cells that could be identified in the blood vessels. That points to them having died ONLY a FEW THOUSAND YEARS AGO. There are many, more scientific indicators that point to a young earth. GOD designed our bodies to continue to decay once the genetic code had been corrupted. This proves mutations are mostly detrimental and could NOT be the vehicle with random chance to ‘evolve’ a amazingly complex machine as the human body.

  • hellomikie92

    Sounds like people is trying to predict the future again.

  • Universtars

    To have evolved enough to see your own species genetic deterioration is more like seeing your human species image being the result of what intelligence without morals produces thus deserving quite appropiately exstinction and sooner the better!!!!

  • annonymousinfosoldier

    so i ques human gene upgrades/trans-humanism is on the agenda, the question is who’s agenda?

  • GoodScienceFYou

    It amazes me that people who write these articles don’t do any research and simply believe what the “Evolutionists” preach. There are ZERO beneficial mutations ever found in humans.

    http://evolutionsciencenow.blogspot.com/2013/06/ccr5-delta-32-deletion-mutation-hiv-and.html

  • yuss

    Since we can’t prevent it, why don’t we just let it be.. it’s not like we’ll die tomorrow.. we still got much time, it’ only affecting 1-2% per generation,.let say 80% of my dna hve been mutated, we stil got 10-20 generation left, So, just live your life like usual, and stop worrying, there might be a cure for this, we should let the next gen handle this