it’ll all change anyway

http://www.biochem.wisc.edu/research/gene_expression.htmlI pity the poor students who will have to learn genetics (or any biology, for that matter) 50 years from now. The material covered by high school students now is far beyond the understanding of some scientists as little as twenty years ago. By the time 2060 rolls around, I imagine that college students will be forced to memorize all kinds of stuff we have no idea about now. Just 150 years ago, doctors didn’t have to worry about germs or genetic disorders; their greatest concern was how to amputate a limb. Now, medical science is far more advanced, and though the crap they make students learn is certainly beneficial to their education, it’s all things they could have gotten away with not knowing if they had only been a few generations older.

I speak out of spite for having to memorize serine protease mechanisms and amino acid compositions, not to mention enzyme inhibition methods and gene regulation models. It is fascinating to be able to (even somewhat) comprehend the complexity of the human body, but I can’t help but be jealous of those who came before and got off so much easier. Maybe by the time we understand the entire human genome and can pinpoint the action of every disease/disorder, we’ll have ways to just implant this knowledge into student’s heads. Or maybe we’re closer to figuring out how everything works than we think. Perhaps in 100 years, we’ll know everything, and we won’t have to worry about science being revolutionized every few decades. Probably not.

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