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1/13/2012 4:35:50 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
I was watching an old Nova documentary on dogs, and saw the domesticated silver foxes that have been bred in Russia. For 50 years, they have been separating litters into aggressive/non-aggressive groups. The aggressive foxes spend their entire lives in a cage about 3' x 4' x 3'. They have become more aggressive than their wild-counterparts, to the extent where they will hurt themselves trying to bite humans through their cages.
The non-aggressive foxes live in larger cages, and have 'people time'. Now, they can be pets.
My question is, how far should we go in the name of research? Should we attempt to map out the genetics for every 'problem' such as aggression? Should we extend this to human trials for traits ranging from physical to sociological disorders?
Would it be worth locking a group of humans in cages for 50 years to weed out a great number of problems in our society?
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