Interesting article on DNA’s dynamic nature. Computer scientist should surely take notes. Maybe this is how an operating system should behave, too?
Constantly In Motion, Like DNA Itself, By NATALIE ANGIER, Published: March 2, 2004, New York Times.
Dr. Barton proposes that the DNA molecule polices itself electronically, periodically delivering a flow of charged particles from Point A to Point B to check for mutant, misplaced bases that might be skulking in the corridors. If the electrons proceed unimpeded, she suggests, all is well. But if there is a kink in the sequence, the smallest sign of a nascent mutation, the flow would short-circuit. That break would in turn sound an alarm, alerting the cell’s DNA repair crew to fix the mess now, or at least sometime before lunch.