email - September 2005

Gene Duplication

More of the same.

On several occasions we have said that new genetic information cannot arise by chance. Jeff disagreed. He said,

Actually new information can appear in the genetic code by gene duplication. An interesting article outlines a study of Colobine monkeys and a gene duplication. The study was done by Jianzhi Zhang of the university of Michigan. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/03/020304081153.htm.

We replied,

“genetic code by gene Actually new information can appear in the genetic code by gene duplication. Jianzhi Zhang An interesting article Actually new information can appear outlines a study of Colobine monkeys and a gene duplication. The study Actually new information can appear was  done by Jianzhi Zhang of the university of Colobine monkeys Colobine monkeys Michigan.”

We hope he got the point. Random repetition of words does not increase information. If you buy two copies of USA Today, you won’t get any more information than if you just bought one. Furthermore, the redundant words tend to increase confusion, not knowledge.

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