Genetics Question

GUBI GUBI at desert.net
Sat Oct 23 10:47:33 EST 1999


Last night's TV movie "Evolution's Child" starring Ken Olin (USA Network,
October 23rd) raised some questions for me ( a humble non-biochem chemist):

1) the child, product of a Bronze Age (frozen) man and a modern woman, had a
strong "genetic"(?) memories of his father's past world;
2) the immune system of the child was described as having "antibodies to
anthrax, plague, etc"- presumably from his father, but died from a modern
flu strain- implying no transfer of immunity from his mother.

There seem to be sevral glaring errors of logic (yes, I know it was SciFi
and made an interesting and entertaining story!):
a) are memories "inherited"?...the ones (father trudging through a killing
blizzard) as were depicted hardly seem transferrable- I can certainly see
how athletic and even mathematical ability could be inherited, but not
memories;

b) how could the child logically inherit his father's immune system and not
his mother's (which would have potentailly prevented his death from a
"modern" flu)?

Any answers would be welcome...post to this group; to alt.tv. or to:

Dan Paschal
dcp7451 at hotmail.com





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