[Haskell-cafe] [Haskell] ANNOUNCE: genprog-0.1

Ketil Malde ketil at malde.org
Thu Dec 9 10:40:14 CET 2010

Andrew Coppin <andrewcoppin at btinternet.com> writes:

>> A change to a gene does not make you to have a extra bone. It can
>> make you to have your hand slighltly longer. or shorter. 

> Actually I suspect it does - or at least can do. It's just a rather
> rare event.

Bodily development is regulated by a cluster of genes (the HOX
cluster).  The modern-day Galvani experiment is reshuffling this in
fruit fly to make antenna into legs.

I don't think it happens all that much in nature, and I guess any
resulting offspring would have reduced fitness.

If I haven't seen further, it is by standing in the footprints of giants

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