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inquisador's Avatar Jump to comment 22 by inquisador

I would just like to ask if anyone else tripped over this paragraph?:-

"It is often the case with such ancient organisms that features they share in common with other known species have been wiped away from the DNA sequence because of long-term mutations. You can compare it with tarmacing. If you tarmac a road enough times, you will no longer see the cobblestones. Therefore, you have to collect large gene sequences to find common traces from prehistoric times."

Not a great analogy. I mean, if you need to tarmac a road more than once just to cover it, then you may be using a rather fraudulent gang of tarmac layers.

I would call in the 'Watchdog' team. Or 'Rogue Traders'?

Sun, 29 Apr 2012 16:45:51 UTC | #938179