Toward a Biology Worthy of Life > Getting Over the Code Delusion > Brief excerpt
A project by Stephen L. Talbott

Chromosomes are dynamic

The chromosome, remarks Christophe Lavelle of France’s Curie Institute, "is a plastic polymorphic dynamic elastic resilient flexible nucleoprotein complex" (Lavelle 2009)...

Gene regulation is defined less by static elements of logic than by the quality and force of various movements and transformations...

In sum: the chromosome is engaged in a highly effective spatial performance. It is a living, writhing, gesturing expression of its cellular environment, and the significance of its gesturing goes far beyond the negative requirement that it be condensed and kept free of tangles. If the organism is to survive, chromosome movements must be well-shaped responses to sensitively discerned needs, resulting in every gene being expressed or not expressed according to the needs of the larger context. The chromosome, like everything else in the cell, is itself a manifestation of life, not a logic or mechanism explaining life...

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