Chapter 3 in The Blind Watchmaker

“all embryos grow by cell division. Cells always split into two daughter cells. And genes always exert their final effects on bodies by means of local influences on cells, and on the two-way branching patterns of cell division.”
“The human tells the computer which one of the current litter of progeny to breed from. The genes of the chosen one are passed across to REPRODUCTION, and a new generation begins. This process, like real-life evolution, goes on indefinitely. Each generation of biomorphs is only a single mutational step away from its predecessor and its successor. But after 100 generations of EVOLUTION, the biomorphs can be anything up to 100 mutational steps away from their original ancestor. And in 100 mutational steps, much can happen.”

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