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Evolution of the standard & mitochondrial genetic codes from a doublet code

S. LaBonne labonnes at csc.albany.edu
Mon Aug 7 10:22:07 EST 1995


Hubert, why are "divergent" codes not found in deep-branching clades?
I agree with Keith Robison that the phylogenetic distribution of
"non-standard" codes is consistent with their divergence _after_ the
"fixation" of the universal code in the last common ancestor, and is
_inconsistent_ with your theory.  What you need to do is show us why
your theory does not stand refuted based on the phylogeny.  If you
can't do this then the theory is simply not on, no matter how nice the
calculations look.  You do understand that theories have to meet the
test of empirical evidence, don't you?

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Steve LaBonne ******************* (labonnes at cnsunix.albany.edu)
"It can never be satisfied, the mind, never." - Wallace Stevens



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