Genetic Inheritance

As a race, humans are intelligent, violent, insecure… and the list continues. What makes us this way? We are all blessed (or cursed) with a self-replicating material in our bodies that carries genetic information. It defines the distinctive characteristics of a person and is passed on through generations of families. This is of course DNA and it the reason why the human race acts the way it does. It is genetic inheritance. 

As a race, humans are intelligent, violent, insecure… and the list continues. What makes us this way? We are all blessed (or cursed) with a self-replicating material in our bodies that carries genetic information. It defines the distinctive characteristics of a person and is passed on through generations of families. This is of course DNA and it the reason why the human race acts the way it does. It is genetic inheritance.

DNA has helped us (or hinder us) in many ways. Although we not act it at times, we are by far the most intelligent of species on this planet, and this is proven by our never-ending progression in original ideas. Technology for one thing has progressed to such an exceptional level that it is hard to keep up at times. We now have phones that are literally computers and they fit snugly in our pockets. It is easy to look back and marvel at the world of technology and think “WOW”.

There are comparisons to be made between DNA and technology, believe it or not! For instance, how does a hard-drive (data storage device) compare to our natural DNA. Both hard-drives and DNA are a type of storage device. While DNA defines how we look, act and feel – hard drives stores an incredible amount of information that a human mind could never digest. So which is more powerful? Nature versus Invention? I think the answer is obvious…

DNA holds significant advantages over hard drives, in the bigger picture. While modern-day external hard drives hold up to 5 terabytes of data, a fraction of DNA could, in theory, have the capacity to store more than 300,000 terabytes of data. Moreover, modern archaeological finds prove that DNA from hundreds of thousands of years ago can still be sequenced today, proving their longevity in the real world. The information is still intact, and with no memory loss.

Although we should be proud of all of our amazing endeavours and incredible advances in technology, it is important to realise, we are literally still in the stone-age. We cannot compete with nature because maybe it is the only thing in this universe that can be defined as absolute perfection…

 Prepared by: JZEnglish

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