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Thank you John for this example which for Andrew (he coined the term) and me is a example of a general phenomenon - lack of fidelity of
meaning as a good trick (sensu Dennet)in meme replication space.
'gene' is a selfish meme it seems.
> Exactly this sort of confusion arises in the context of "gene" -
> initially it was well-defined (by Johannsen, IIRC) as a Mendelian
> hereditary factor (ie, anything that assorted in the
> Mendelian ratio).
> As the context broadened, it was gradually less exact, and
> people had to
> coin new terms like cistron, intron, codon, and the like to
> become more
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