Bill Skaggs bill at darwin.bns.pitt.edu
Sat Oct 31 09:25:08 EST 1998

Come on, folks, this is a ridiculous thing to argue about.  DNA is
essentially source code that gets compiled by machinery in the cell
into a set of proteins.  

Suppose I have a C program containing the line "x = 0;", and I say,
"This line sets the value of x to zero."

Would you say, "You idiot!  That line is only a piece of text, and it
doesn't do anything!  The machinery in the computer is what sets the
value of x to zero!"?  

No, you wouldn't say that, because it would be absurdly pedantic.

	-- Bill

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