The Elements of Evolution (42-2) Natural Genetic Engineering 1


The generic operations that living cells have been shown to carry out on their genomic molecules indicate that any rearrangement is possible as long as the product is compatible with the basic rules of DNA structure. ~ American molecular biologist James Shapiro

Practically every cell is equipped with the biochemical tools to edit genes. Cell division presents a ripe opportunity for natural genetic engineering: adaptive genomic restructuring to transform cell functioning to a new normal.