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Unformatted text preview: Gabi Drusinsky, 994727868 January 31 st , 2010 Reading Assignment #3 The Selfish Gene Organisms that are thought of today have the ability of either replicating or reproducing. But how did this all start? Seemingly on accident, with one molecule somehow finding a way of replicating itself by mistake. This Replicator s success depended on three characteristics: longevity, replicability, and fecundity. The first, longevity, is important because molecules which lasted longer than others would not only be more numerous than other molecules, but would also have more time to make copies of themselves. Replicability is simply the ability to replicate, which is a valuable trait for a molecule to have, especially since all other molecules have to rely on the chance of bumping into another specific molecule. Fecundity, although seemingly the same thing as replicability, is actually the power or productiveness of fertility. Therefore, it is an important quality to have because if one molecule replicates itself at a much faster rate than...
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