Xuhua Xia xia at cc.umanitoba.ca
Mon Apr 25 22:56:56 EST 1994

>in reply to Xia's anthropomorphigenation re phage lambda's intellect,
>D.Z. Skinner asks, "how can a phage, with only about 48K basebairs of
>DNA, no systems, no nerves, certainly no brain, make a DECISION???"

The "DECISION" is simply a genetic switch which is very well illustrated
in Ptashne's book entitled "A Genetic Switch" (1992, 2nd edition).

I will come back to it latter on.

Xuhua Xia
University of Manitoba
xia at ccu.umanitoba.ca

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