Smoking, epigenetics, changes, decisions…


A new research in Human Molecular Genetics [1] [2] shows that smoking can be related to changes in genes of specific segments of the DNA, thus increasing cancer risk.

Weird how the same changes that are supposed to lead to the evolution of species from bacteria to the humans, are in other cases considered “bad”.

Even though we are not talking about mutations here, the logic is the same. Removing -CHgroups from specific places, made some genes express more intensely. A random change did not create something good. Instead, it increased the risk of having problems. And in a complicated system like humans, this is logical.

Smoking has been banned due to the obvious reasons of not having to put 20mg of chemicals into your organism just for… the fun of it. Any other attempt to justify this decision genetically will always hit wall on the “random changes -> Evolution” counter-argument. Who really knows if these epigenetic changes are not leading to some beneficial changes into the genome?

Author: skakos

Spiros Kakos is a thinker located in Greece. He has been Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. In the past he has worked as a senior technical advisor for many years. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community. He has also worked as a phD researcher in the Advanced Materials sector related to the PCB industry. He likes reading and writting, not only philosophy but also in general. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans... Credo quia absurdum!

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