Andras Paldi: « the stake of the next genetic revolution will be to give again its place to the DNA in the enormous bio-chemical complexity of interactions of the living organism. We should not consider it as a dictator who directs the course of Life… I believe that we are coming to the end of a particular period of the development of genetics. It began at the beginning of the 20th century and is characterized by the key notion of the all-powerful genes, according to which the genes contain information necessary and sufficient for the development of a living organism. One realizes that this explanatory diagram has more and more difficulties to account for the hereditary phenomena which one observes »
When ever I hear or read about the « enormous bio-chemical complexity of interactions of the living organisms » I have a large smile. That’s almost an intimidation process for non-biologists; you see/imagine that « enormous complexity »? I can handle it, and much more! You don’t. I‘m the clever guy around 😉
I don’t mean that this isn’t complexe. But for me astrophysics are complexe! Or even geology. Not my fields!
The second point made me laugh, not just smile. This isn’t even about bad science, it’s bad literature: We should not consider [the DNA] as a dictator who directs the course of Life…. It would be bad science if one thought that the DNA directs anything. It is bad literature because it compares a molecule, which suffers mutations (base substitutions, deletions, duplications etc.) and is screened according to it’s ability, despite those changes, to survive, to someone on charge.
And Jean Staune adds a short sentence after this quoting: and he speaks about « channeled » chance. If by « channeled » he means that there is no miracles occurring during evolution, I would agree. Matter rules.