DNA and Evolution: Super Humans

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It has already started.

pyrokinesisIn May of 2012, an eleven-year-old Vietnamese girl living in Ho Chi Minh City (forever Sài Gòn to me) stunned the scientific community by developing pyrokinesis (as described in detail by Stephen King in his novel Firestarter).

The news shocked the scientific community, not so much because of the pyrokinetic ability itself but because she was born naturally, to normal parents.  After all, this ability is nothing new.  It can be created in a laboratory setting.  However, being born this way in a random occurrence of genetic roulette recombination could only mean one thing:  the human DNA is evolving very rapidly, not in terms of hundreds of thousands of years but rather in a tiny fraction of that time.

What is even more shocking is the fact that she was only the latest in the line of the naturally-born pyrokinetics.  Just a year earlier, on March 24, 2011, a four-year-old girl from the Philippines also exhibited the same ability.  It seemed as if these girls could start fires just by thinking about starting a fire, and doing so with full control of how and where the fire should start.

A couple of years ago, when I first heard about these two young girls, I was thinking to myself, ‘What the heck is going on?  Have we been recently invaded and our genetic material being manipulated?  Are the young kids turning into hybrid aliens?’  And then of course, I laughed to myself and thought, ‘Nah.  I’m just being silly.

You see, I also remember reading a few other scientific articles about this very same phenomenon, but of course, being of the scholarly kind, they were not as sensational and rather more subdued and terribly unexciting.

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After all, that’s what scientists are suppose to do…write unbearably boring technical journals.  Yesterday, I was reading a similarly unexciting science article that describes the discovery of the Quadruple Helix, also known as the G-quadruplexes, which exist within the human genome.  In the past, quadruple helix DNA was able to be created in the lab, but had never been found in humans.  Now, with more advanced technology, it has been identified in humans by using fluorescent biomarkers.  Could it be possible that we are starting to see a brand new emergence of mutations that are heralding in a new age of G-quadruplexed humans?

Digging for more information on this, I found more exciting possible clues.

Studies done by scientists from Cornell University and the University of California discovered that when genes of over 14,000 people from around the world were examined, they were able to show positive identification of new, never before seen mutations, and these mutations have started showing up only within the last few years.  The numbers are increasing rapidly.  Going back fifty years ago, mutant genes would show up in only 1 in 1,000.  Now, it is up to 5 in 1,000.  This is a five-fold increase in the rate of mutation among humans.

What’s even more interesting is that this can be seen as a huge increase of genetic mutation over a long period of time.  Nature magazine reports a huge sudden rush of mutations amongst us, with the majority of the mutations occurring within the last 5,000 years.

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If we look at the human timeline, which extends back over half a million years ago when the first homo sapiens began walking around, it shows that there was a very, very long period of time when genetic mutations were flat-lined and stable, and that’s perfectly normal.  That’s how evolution is suppose to work.  It works over millions of years, not over a handful of thousands of years.  And yet, that’s exactly what scientists have found.

So as it is starting to turn out, if there are human hybrids, IT WOULD BE US, AND WE AREN’T DONE MUTATING YET!!!

But don’t take my word for it.  Professor Darren Kessner of Univerist of California has suggested that perhaps, among Earthlings there will soon be a huge group of “X-Men” type humans who will have abilities that we would consider to be super-human.  We may be living in the last days of ‘normal’ humans, as more and more of these super-humans join the ranks of the natural mutants.  I can only wonder if this is the beginning of the end of the human race as we knew it, or if this is the start of a new race of humans yet to come.

Viet Nam News.  Girl ‘Fire Starter’ Mystifies Scientists.  May 17, 2012

Philippine News.  Fire Starter or Pyrokinesis.  March 24, 2011.

University of Cambride Scientific News. ‘Quadruple Helix’ DNA Discovered in Human Cells.  January 20, 2013.

Nature Magazine.  Analysis of 6,515 Exomes Reveals the Recent Origin of Most Human Protein-coding Variants.  November 2012.

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