And the converse is naturally true: science stagnates when lives don’t matter.
In one study, Stephen Kingsmore at the National Center for Genome Resources in Santa Fe found that a quarter of mutations that have been linked to childhood genetic diseases are debatable. In some cases, the claims were based on papers that contained extremely weak evidence. In other cases, the claims were plain wrong: The mutations turned out to be common, like the one in Rehm’s anecdote, and couldn’t possibly cause rare diseases.
Of course, people have gotten their kids aborted in the meantime … on the other hand, does that matter these days ?
What’s not being discussed is that, because unborn children today are technically medical waste once they are slotted for “termination,” it doesn’t really matter much. The main thing for the practitioner is not to get sued for failing to offer the “medical waste” option.
Apparently, there is a lot of wrong stuff in medical journals, that can’t be got out, and of course there are the usual pleas for reproducibility.
But typically, things don’t change unless someone’s death actually matters. In the meantime, we should be cautious about anything we hear from this field.
See also: Replication as key science reform?
The lives of the weakest people don’t matter in our Compassionate Secular Society: ergo, no effort will be spent on actually refining and verifying inheritable diseases.
Actual scientists – as opposed to the group-minded, grant-funded, “random chance created the world!” herd – are going to do very well in the renewed Christian society.
Something to look forward to… and to work towards.