“When a gene product is needed, a signal from it’s environment activates that gene.” Your environment can selectively mutate your genes if your environment is expressing signals that you can’t produce protein for.
“When a gene product is needed, a signal from it’s environment, NOT an emergent property of the gene itself, activates expression of that gene.”
Inside the nucleus of a cell is 50% Protein 50% DNA. Protein is what controls the DNA and until recently it hasn’t been studied.
Protein forms a sleeve around DNA.
Primacy of the Environment: An environmental Signal changes the shape of the regulatory protein by exposing the DNA from the protein sleeve allowing it to copy itself via mRNA and producing a specific protein. It’s the environment that selects your genes.
Perception controls genes.
Nucleic acids are replicated with conspicuous fidelity. Infrequently, however, they undergo changes in sequence, and this process of change (mutation) generates the variability that allows evolution. As the result of studies of bacterial variation, it is now widely believed that mutations arise continuously and without any consideration for their utility. In this paper, we briefly review the source of this idea and then describe some experiments suggesting that cells may have mechanisms for choosing which mutations will occur.
Your environment can selectively mutate your genes if your environment is expressing signals that you can’t produce protein for.