Russian Geneticist Fired Over Controversial Claims Linking Human Lifespan to Ancestral Sins.
Dr. Alexander Kudryavtsev, a prominent geneticist at Russia’s Vavilov Institute of General Genetics, has been dismissed from his position following controversial remarks regarding the human lifespan.
The dismissal came after Dr. Kudryavtsev made assertions suggesting a correlation between ancestral sins and the shortened lifespan of modern humans.
According to reports, Dr. Kudryavtsev made these remarks during the Third International Scientific and Theological Conference ‘God – Man – World’ held in Minsk last year.
He said that historical records indicate humans once lived significantly longer, up to 900 years, before the Biblical Flood, attributing the decline in lifespan to the accumulation of “original, ancestral, and personal sins,”. He asserts that these sins contributed to genetic mutations responsible for modern genetic diseases.
In elaborating his views, Dr. Kudryavtsev emphasized the adverse effects of what he referred to as “bad habits,” or sins, on the human genome. He argued that mutations resulting from such habits are passed on to offspring, perpetuating genetic decay over generations.
While acknowledging that some scientists attribute genetic decay to factors like radiation or pollution, Dr. Kudryavtsev maintained that these phenomena are rooted in sin.
Despite Dr. Kudryavtsev’s insistence that his views were personal and not representative of the Russian Academy of Sciences or the Church, his remarks stirred significant controversy.
The Russian government did not give a specific reason for his dismissal. However, some officials, including Fyodor Lukyanov, head of the Russian church’s commission on family issues, suggested that Dr. Kudryavtsev’s termination was due to religious beliefs and statements incompatible with the scientific community’s ethics.