All living cells that we know of on this planet are 'DNA software'-driven biological machines comprised of hundreds of thousands of protein robots, coded for by the DNA, that carry out precise functions. We are now using computer software to design new DNA software.— Craig Venter, Trinity College Dublin, July 12, 2012 -
Any well-designed animal can be forced into an evolutionary story if you allow the rules to evolve, too.
A new paper in Current Biology claims to organize the phylogeny of hummingbirds, those “iridescent… jewel-like” stars of Illustra Media’s film Flight: The Genius of Birds, with their unique flying abilities and specialized nectar-trapping tongues. Do the authors succeed? It depends; tweak enough parameters, and anything can happen.
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