the foutain of youth

french at RUST.ZSO.DEC.COM french at RUST.ZSO.DEC.COM
Mon Apr 27 15:31:50 EST 1992


I've wondered if one of the primary purposes of gene shuffling during
fertilization might be DNA error correction.  Are genes shuffled in 
and out of the mix of genes based on the probability of the parent's 
gene containing an error?

Furthermore, it seems likely that gene shuffling evolved as way to correct 
errors in DNA and that trait shuffling is just a side effect of this 
particular error-correction mechanism.

So, assuming that DNA error-correction mechanisms operate during fertilization,
how can we take advantage of these mechanisms to correct the errors that
occur in somatic cells when we age?

- Larry French




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