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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 2 months ago

If evolution is real, shouldn't we see humans being born from time to time with beneficial mutations?

36 Answers

  • Paul
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
    Favorite Answer

    We do, all the time. Some people are obviously born with better health than others. Some are born with the potential to be professional athletes. Most are not. Some people are born with handicaps that would be lethal in any other species. However, we, due to our intelligence, have invented ways of overcoming such handicaps and making it possible for individuals with severe handicaps to survive.  So, in effect, we have largely cancelled evolution in our own species. Evolution depends on survival of the fittest. We make possible survival of almost every individual.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    the evolution works is wonderful as it's mutations made by accident, those which allow the organism to thrive/ out compete/ obtain more resources etc will be passed on. humans are slow to reproduce (26 yrs or whatever) so it wouldn't be seen in your lifetime. bacteria evolve, just look at Covid 19. the idea that things have a purpose or a why is wrong, it's 'how'

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    God made the human body and humans should not be making changes to it or cloning because Dolly the Sheep was cloned and the clone that was made had the same health problems as the original.  Nature usually takes care of babies that imperfect by miscarriages when the child would have little chance for survival on its own. This happens in the first three months the mother is pregnant.  My mother had a drinking problem and it let to many miscarriages.  When she finally had her third baby it was born with fetal alcohol syndrome and that causes brain damage. Surface speaking they can cover this up some and they appear to be functional at times but some seem to lack a capacity to reason morally.  

  • There are no beneficial mutations, I've never in my 65 years of life seen so many cars filling up parking spaces in hospitals and clinics everywhere you look. Man in general still lives to be only around 70 years old on average, some dying younger a few growing older, just as the Bible has stated for over 2000 years. Man only through better nutrition, medicines, and a healthier lifestyle might seem to be doing better, but in the end, still only manages that 70-80 years.

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  • 2 months ago

    HONEST people ask Science questions in the appropriate Science section.

    DISHONEST people ask Science questions in R&S, because they don't WANT an actual answer based on Science.

    Thank you for making it so clear which kind of asker you are.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Muts are healthier than pure breds.

    Dogs with long ears drag them along on ground when they sniff and so they get a lot of ear infections.

    A dog with bulging eyes gets eye infections.

    Dogs with very short coats get skin diseases.

    Dogs with pug noses have sinus problems.

    But muts that have none of these extreme characteristics are not susceptable to those problems.

    Why are you so dull?

  • 2 months ago

    They are.  Example:  sickle cell trait protects against malaria.

  • 2 months ago

    Um... dude, there are many things that determine whether a mutation is beneficial or not. A mutation that causes an increase in neck length might be beneficial to a giraffe but not to a human.

    Even if it is, it might be lost due to genetic drift or a population bottleneck. The reverse is also true: a harmful mutation might increase its frequency in a population if its effective size is very low, and/or there's a lot of inbreeding (remember hemophilia and European royalty?).

    Besides... most mutations are neutral, because they don't alter gene function. The thing is, when they do have an effect, most of the time it is a harmful one, and the gene becomes inactivated.

    I think you should have asked this in the Biology section.

  • 2 months ago

    Yes, but the cosmic background radiation in the universe is slowly cooling down,according to scientists.  Maybe mutations are coming less often.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Most mutations are deleterious.  Very little in the way of beneficial ones to be selected.

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