Newly recognized large transposable elements in fungi dubbed Starships may not be selfish after all.
Jumping genes used to be dismissed as junk DNA which in turn was held to be slam-dunk evidence for unguided evolutionary processes.
We’re going to need a new philosophy: one that can handle realities the Elizabethans and Victorians could never have imagined.
If lateral gene transfer is rampant throughout life, the universal tree of life becomes a matter of philosophical preference, not empirical demonstration.
Information is the stuff of life. Not limited to DNA, information is found in most biomolecules in living cells.