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Sophie's DNA


If, perchance, I were to breed, sexually (even though the idea of asexual cloning appeals far more to me), I'd be mixing one lucky sperm cell with one lucky egg cell to create one lucky fertilized egg cell.

This fertilized egg would contain only half of my genes.

The other half of my genes would have failed to replicate themselves inside another human organism.

The other half can't possibly be happy about this ... they must have made a gentleman's agreement to let the father love his child anyway, even though half of the father's DNA have no representation in this new life form.

This is why I think individual genes are not where the essential tricks of evolution will be found. There are elements of structure and selection that collectively serve as a substrate upon which DNA compete, and these elements are themselves evolving ...


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