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|Quote (evopeach @ Oct. 19 2005,05:23)|
|DNA is a real code/language and not just chemistry.|
Please justify this claim.
Language and other codes like Morse are a method of using abstract symbols to pass meaning over a communications medium. As such, they are totally independent of that medium. I can send an English message via telephone, or email, or smoke signal, and the same message will be passed.
DNA is simply one step in a complicated chemical reaction, the end result of which is the formation of a protein. As such it is completely dependent on the physical layer, and must follow the laws of chemistry and physics. DNA is no more an abstract code than sodium and chlorine combining to form table salt is a code.
CODE (1) a set of abstract symbols used to convey a message
CODE (2) any process that maps a specific input to a specific output
Language is definition (1). DNA is definition (2). When scientist talk about the "DNA code", they are using definition (2) NOT definition (1).
What abstract symbols does DNA use? What is the communications medium? Do you think there are actually little letters A, C, G, T floating around in a genome?
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