WoundedKing apparently lacks the knowledge to understand that.
I've always said that once you've started digging yourslef a hole, you may as well see how deep you can get it
As a hint, WK is actually our resident professional geneticist, microbiologist, biochemist, or whatever... I'm unclear as to whether he's merely a post-doc, or a long-tenured HoD with far too much time on his hands, but either way he talks the talk and certainly does not suffer from a lack of knowledge in this area
I'd tend to disagree with this. I can certainly accept that DNA can be considered a code, but I am not sure it is helpful to think of it as a language
To me, the language analogy fails almost immediately. A point mutation changes a letter, and the whole sentance becomes meaningless, nevermind just the mutated word. How do we interpret the result of this?
I think viewing DNA as pure machine code is much closer - however you mutate the code, it still means something. If the mutation is in an instruction code binary string, it will simply change it to another instruction and something will still happen. With DNA point mutations in coding sections, amino acids will still be selected, proteins will still be built, things will still happen - whatever they happen to be...
Yes, agree totally. And few seem to appreciate the over-whelming importance of context and environment in trying to understand what is meant by "specified" information. How much "specified" information is there in a five second burst of white noise? And how does your answer change when I reveal that it was identical to a previously recorded burst of white noise, only played backwards?