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treepig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-08-04 04:45 PM
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87. funny funny stuff
actually, the context is what's humorous.

basically, what you describe is the growing understanding that genomes are extremely dynamic (and that makes perfect sense if you spend 0.5 seconds looking at all the different types of life that has evolved from a common precursor). any gene is subject to the various "instabilities" that you describe. so of course, once a "trans-gene" is introduced into an organism, it becomes subject to the same biological forces as all other genes.

but why is that spread of a "foreign" gene - which already exists in the environment - any more sinister than the spread of other naturally occurring genes? if you stop to think about it, why hasn't the "foreign" gene already run rampant throughout nature, sowing death and destruction in it's wake?

hint: natural selection trumps genetic diversity every time. if you come across a graduate of the kansas school system, perhaps he or she can explain basic evolutionary biology to you . . .

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