In new study, evolutionary biologist Rama Singha hypothesizes the existence of a hidden layer
Once we studied genes, we believed thatwe know everything we needed. But this is not the case. Individual genes don't tell the whole story, but how they interact may tell us more. Individual genes, as a rule, have very little influence on the final result of a particular process.
Rama Singh, evolutionary biologist at McMaster University
Deciphering how our genes are responsible forhaving brown eyes, thinning hair, or high cholesterol is a difficult mathematical and scientific challenge, especially if you look only at the genes themselves.
A person can contain a huge amountcombinations of genes, including previous versions that his relatives had. The body does not constantly use all of its genetic material, but cells contain backup versions of their own evolution if habitual conditions change.
Singh notes that the ability to accessprevious combinations of genes give each organism the ability to adapt and change in its environment, and biochemical pathways allow cells to extract information from this memory when needed.
It can be compared to checking and savings accounts: every day you use a checking account, but if something happens, withdraw funds from the savings account.
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