It's Raining DNA Outside

It is raining DNA outside. On the bank of the Oxford canal at the bottom of my garden is a large willow tree, and it is pumping downy seeds into the air. ... [spreading] DNA whose coded characters spell out specific instructions for building willow trees that will shed a new generation of downy seeds. … It is raining instructions out there; it's raining programs; it's raining tree-growing, fluff-spreading, algorithms. That is not a metaphor, it is the plain truth. It couldn't be any plainer if it were raining floppy discs.

Notes:

There is DNA everywhere, in seeds in bacterium, it's all around us, this programming for life.

Folksonomies: wonder dna

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Shrub (0.874907): dbpedia | freebase
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 The blind watchmaker
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Dawkins, Richard (1986), The blind watchmaker, W. W. Norton & Company, Retrieved on 2012-04-23
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  • Folksonomies: science


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