Evolution’s software patch
I’ve long said that natural selection can only work if enough numbers of a mutation appear in a species’ gene pool at the same time. The maths is such that just one or two offspring with an evolutionary advantage would never last long enough or breed enough times for that feature to last more than a generation or two.
The only way for a mutation - advantageous or not - to exist at the same time in sufficient numbers for natural selection to do what it does is if a virus has changed the DNA of a relatively large number of a species at the same time - ie evolution’s software patch.
I now understand that Professor McLaren at Oxford’s John Radcliffe hospital is using a virus to deliver a missing gene into the eyes of patients with choroideremia, a condition resulting from a faulty gene on the X chromosome.
Seems to support my theory.
Fastest red card
HR Manager: “What is your greatest weakness?”
HR Manager: “I don’t think honesty is a weakness.”
Me: “I don’t really give a shit what you think.”