Is Caring for the Genetically Diseased Bad for the Gene Pool?

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  • Obviously it weakens it.

    It basically eliminates natural selection and makes the entire gene pool weaker. Anybody who learned about evolution knows about "survival of the fittest", which means that only the creatures with "beneficial" genes will survive to pass on their traits. Obviously, genetic diseases are not beneficial, and if we did not care for them, their disease would not be passed on.

    NOTE- I do not believe that we should stop caring for them at all. That would be immoral, and I am against it. This is strictly a scientific poll.

  • Caring for the weak makes our gene pool weaker

    In today's society, one with many disorders can somewhat function, and then reproduce, adding to the gene pool. They may then produce children with a gene for a certain disorder, but do not show the trait, and then they marry, and spread the gene. Natural selection occurs because the best fit are able to survive, and then reproduce, while the weak die. In today's society, we care for the weak and old, though they hold no benefit to society. Those with disorders won't die easily, like a zebra with retardation. They are able to reproduce, leading to future generations having more defects. Now, it is inhumane to let them die. I know that. But, it is agreeable that caring for the disabled makes the gene pool weaker. (Not as in crippled, but as in diseased)

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