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A project by Stephen L. Talbott

A curious detachment from materiality

The human body is not a mere implication of clean logical code in abstract conceptual space, but rather a play of complexly shaped and intricately interacting physical substances and forces. Yet the four genetic letters, in the researcher’s mind, became curiously detached from their material matrix...somehow, by neatly executing an immaculate, computer-like DNA logic, the organism would fulfill its destiny as a living creature. The details could be worked out later. That the enlivened physical being of the gene and chromosome must have more to contend with, and more to contribute, than obedience to a one-dimensional code marking out an immaculate causal connection linking DNA and protein — this certainty didn’t seem to burden many geneticists unduly.

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