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Hi, Lucas,

Right you are....a sample of one does not a scientific experiment make.

Your blog link didn't come through, so I went looking. Is this the right link?


Excellent post. What particularly intrigues me about analyses like this is they may provide clues to the puzzle of how such a good genetic code could have evolved so quickly. They suggest that the process need not have been a totally random walk. Other ideas are that the choice of neighboring codons for different amino acids is influenced by their having related pathways for their biosynthesis.

Whatever the factors might actually be, given a few guiding parameters the process of exploring "code space" could have proceeded quickly. If we do ever find a second sample of life, the code used might be "surprisingly" similar to ours (an idea discussed by Simon Conway Morris in his book "Life's Solution").

Thanks for your comment.


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