Remember when fossil hunters found Marble Canyon, a fossil bed in Canada that surpassed the Burgess Shale in extent and species richness?
It is during the latter stages of the production of an animal oocyte that many functionalities of what some disparage as “junk DNA” take center stage.
Genomics has come a long way since the central dogma and junk DNA. If you expect to find reasons for things, you often do find them.
As I read through the scientific literature of evolutionary biology to try and convince myself of its accuracy and coherence, I was struck by the frequency with which I encountered “religious” language.
The scientists call heat shock proteins “nature’s ‘first responders’ to cellular stress.”