A taxpayer-funded professor at the University of Washington is now predicting that Donald Trump’s presidency will create trauma on such a massive scale that it will permanently change the human genome.
The professor, Peter Ward, offered his dire prediction at Gizmodo on Monday as one of seven evolutionary biologists answering the burning question: “Can Superhuman Mutants Be Living Among Us?”
Ward, who works in the University of Washington’s earth and space sciences department, first explains his view that the U.S. military will use genetics to create mutant freak “super-soldiers” who don’t “need to drink as much water,” don’t “need to eat for five or six days” and don’t “need to sleep.”
Then the professor — who is fairly well known for a bizarre hypothesis that multi-cell organisms collectively seek to commit suicide — gets to the heart of the matter.
“We’re finding more and more that, for instance, people who have gone through combat, or women who have been abused — when you have these horrendous episodes in life, it causes permanent change, which is then passed on to your kids,” Ward writes. “These are actual genetic shifts that are taking place within people.”
These individual genetic changes add up to trigger “huge evolutionary change.”
“On a larger scale, the amount of stress that Americans are going through now, because of Trump — there is going to be an evolutionary consequence,” Ward explains.