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As far as practical application goes, this unique programming language creates a coded set of instructions to build DNA molecules, building on the concept of chemical reaction network theory, which is best described as an “area of applied mathematics that attempts to model the behavior of real world chemical systems,” which in this case, is none other than the building blocks of life, DNA itself.
I think they also refer to this as Epigenomic. ...
This information kind of blows the present way we look at things out of the water.
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One of the BIG implications here has to do with organ transplants - organs have to be genetically matched to prevent rejection. Given these findings, any tests need to be done on the actual organ, not the 'donor.'
Things are just getting curiouser and curiouser.
This article addresses that these mutations aren't random though, like there is something structuring the DNA changes.
They just found that some unrelated people carried the same mutation. They were probably affected by the same environmental mutagen. Still nothing new.
...two novel discoveries: first, a person can have several DNA mutations in parts of their body, with their original DNA in the rest -- resulting in several different genotypes in one individual -- and second, some of the same genetic mutations occur in unrelated people.
...these tissue-specific, recurrent, common mutations in mtDNA among unrelated study subjects -- only detected in three body tissues -- are "not likely being developed and maintained through purely random processes," according to Williams. They indicate "a completely different model …. a decidedly non-random process that results in particular mutations, but only in specific tissues."
...If our human DNA changes, or mutates, in patterns, rather than randomly; if such mutations "match" among unrelated people; or if genetic changes happen only in part of the body of one individual, what does this mean for our understanding...
...The theory would be that selected mutations confer a selective advantage to mitochondria...
..."Most genetic changes don't cause disease..."