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|Quote (fnxtr @ Nov. 26 2012,09:24)|
|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?
I'll be very surprised if you get a straight answer to that question, fnxtr.