Facilitated Variation in the Genome

The discovery of DNA has transformed our view of biology.  Biology is not just organized chemicals – it is information at work.  One of the surprising discoveries in recent times is that cells can facilitate their own evolution.  Mutations can no longer be assumed to be haphazard accidents – many of them are triggered by biological processes in the cell to aid them in generating responses to environmental cues or generating “hedge” mutations in order to help the population survive catastrophe.

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