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Genetic determinism and four-letter words: how unique are unique genomes?

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Grand laws in biology are elusive. We know convergent evolution happens, but how much of it is down to chance, and how much of it is down to yet-undiscovered general principles of how organisms evolve, is unclear. One example of potentially convergent evolution, is constraints on the the four-letter coding of DNA . We have discovered some interesting patterns in DNA of all living organisms. They appear to have a biological basis, but one heavily determined by limited combinatorial possibilities. Anyone who thinks they can interpret mathematical patterns in DNA is very welcome to come along and tell us what they think is going on.

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