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The popular (and misleading) view of DNA

| February 4, 2013
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In the broad public sphere, DNA is represented as a definitive code which governs all life. Despite some push-back against this reductionist genetic determinism (“DNA is not destiny”), there’s still reluctance to reduce the prominence of DNA in our understanding of biological systems. There’s no question that it is an important central figure in development, but it is only part of the process.  From this perceived role of central control, came ideas of the “selfish gene” and even the idea that random mutations are the driving mechanism of evolution.  In most cases, these views are misleading and often just wrong.

View the original article here: The Popular View Of DNA

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