Re: Dawkins' video (was: a transitional turtle)

Glenn R. Morton (
Sat, 13 Jun 1998 13:22:14 -0500

At 07:35 AM 6/13/98 -0500, Ron Chitwood wrote:
>Hm. Now we seem to be drifting off into 'flora' because that is a common
>trait among flowers, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. However,
>snails do have that characteristic, too. What I do not understand is why
>you call that an 'increase in information'. A quick review of your link
>about the primrose does not mention that. It mentions 'hybridization' and
>'reproduction' but does not reveal any additional genetic information
>available now. Maybe Dawkins knows that, therefore it was not mentioned
>on the tape.

I was unaware that snails engaged in polyploidy. Are there any biologists
in the house?
As to the info, see the other answers on this topic. polyploidy does
increase information. The amount of increase depends upon the amount of
nonduplicated genes.

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