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Ethics and epistasis

Genes interact with one another. If you think about it, that’s not really surprising – the complex range of processes that cells engage in, like respiration or cell division, are unlikely to be accomplished by single genes acting in isolation. So genes act in networks or pathways, each one contributing some particular component, frequently they contribute to multiple different networks or processes throughout the lifetime of an individual (e.g. development and immune system). Genes are also variable. This means that no two individuals are alike. As a consequence the outcome of a particular interacting pair of genes will sometimes differ between individuals. Geneticists call this kind of effect epistasis. It’s really the dark side of genetics, in the sense that it’s poorly studied and we know very little about how ...

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