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Beyond cosmic rays

Despite the fact that early work on ionizing radiation “provided the genetic basis for” modern evolutionary theory and quickly became “a theoretical cure-all for the difficult problem of genetic diversity” (Cook’s phrases), this particular cause of mutation hardly figures centrally in the broad literature on genetic change today. There are simply too many other relevant processes going on — and none of them looks like the cosmic ray activity whose misconstrual as a kind of archetype of randomness was so vital to the formulation of evolutionary theory as we have it today.

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