PerspectiveMOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND EVOLUTION

Can Genes Explain Biological Complexity?

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Science  18 May 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5520, pp. 1315-1316
DOI: 10.1126/science.1060852

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    "Can genes explain biological complexity?" The answer is perhaps. It depends in part on where you start counting genes. If we define the heritable entity to include the entire gene matrix, then the answer is maybe. If we attempt to define the heritable matrix by the "individual" genes, the answer is probably no. As has been recently noted in the daunting series of articles on Wolbachia, the expression of an organism m...

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