The Lifetime of DNA

The messages that DNA molecules contain are all but eternal when seen against the time scale of individual lifetimes. The lifetimes of DNA messages (give or take a few mutations) are measured in units ranging from millions of years to hundreds of millions of years; or, in other words, ranging from 10,000 individual lifetimes to a trillion individual lifetimes. Each individual organism should be seen as a temporary vehicle, in which DNA messages spend a tiny fraction of their geological lifetimes.


It exists in living messengers for brief periods of their lifetimes, but communicates across millions of years throughout all life.

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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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