posted on Sep, 7 2007 @ 06:44 PM
The mistake that people make with this is that when they hear "grammar" they think of what Mrs Jones taught you in the fifth grade, which isn't
what they mean here at all.
In this case they're discussing a Zipf ranking, which can indicate that there are rules (there's your grammar) in the way that the codons in DNA are
organized. In other words, the codons are assembled in a meaningful way rather than randomly, and Zipf is indicating that there is a likelihood that
there is a logical flow to the organization.
But you already know this. The DNA codes for structures, regulatory sequences and proteins. If it were randomly organized, then it wouldn't work very
well. Of COURSE there are rules by which the groups are assembled, and that's what Zipf is showing.
It doesn't mean that it's a motorcycle maintenance book in Hebrew or something, more like you could generate a logically consistent Backus-Naur form
from it, because there are rules to the assembly of the basic structures of the data.