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Indefinable Genes and the “Wild West” Genomic Landscape

Stephen L. Talbott

This article is supplemental to “Genes and the Central Fallacy of Evolutionary Theory”, and can best be read in conjunction with that essay. Both pieces are part of a larger work in progress entitled: “Toward a Biology Worthy of Life”. Original publication of this article: February 28, 2013. Date of last revision: February 28, 2013. Copyright 2013 The Nature Institute. All rights reserved.

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The idea that discrete, stable, reliably replicated genes are the essential heritable material, making up the organism’s contribution to evolutionary change, becomes difficult to defend if we cannot find any functiona