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|Quote (GaryGaulin @ Nov. 26 2012,06:20)|
|Quote (blipey @ Nov. 26 2012,01:37)|
|Are you saying that bacteria self-modify? It really seems like this is what you are saying? Is it? Bacteria modify their own genes? Please try to keep your answer under 17,000 words and no music links.|
As long as "self-modify" is not loaded with anthropomorphic and/or religious meaning and is kept scientific as in the phrase "gene modification" then yes, bacteria can (self-)modify their own genes. There is no scientific controversy over that being true.
So are you saying that bacteria choose to modify their genes?* That nylonase was a deliberated response to exposure to nylon, and not just an advantageous variation that resulted in differential reproductive success? Or do you consider random variation part of your "molecular/cellular intelligence" paradigm?
* eta If so, Did this deliberate variation happen within an existing bacterium (or subset), or was the variation chosen to happen during division?
"But it's disturbing to think someone actually thinks creationism -- having put it's hand on the hot stove every day for the last 400 years -- will get a different result tomorrow." -- midwifetoad