Why all the excitement?

T80SMS1 at NIU.bitnet T80SMS1 at NIU.bitnet
Tue Oct 22 08:43:00 EST 1991


Regarding all of this tumult over Genbank "errors"

As a population biologist I have been rather bemused
by all of excitement over the notion of inconsistencies
in gene sequences.  Why should we expect two different
attempts to sequence the "same" gene at two different
times in two different locations to be identical?  What
ever happened to mutation? 8-)  From my perspective it is
the *variation* that is interesting.  Rather than
masking it by declaring a single "consensus" sequence,
these variants should be *emphasised*.

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