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John Maynard Smith video lecture recorded in 1995. 

In modern organisms, there is a division of labour between two kinds of molecule: DNA, which stores and transmits genetic information, and proteins, which do all the work. They are connected by the `genetic code`, whereby DNA specifies what kinds of proteins can be made. This process of translation is well understood, but it is far too complicated to have arisen by chance in the primitive oceans. How can this apparent paradox be resolved?





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at Sussex University

Genetics Primer
Excellent multimedia introduction to genetics, from the basics right through

by John Maynard Smith, with reviews

with John in the Evolutionarist 

Flight in Birds and Aeroplanes
Vega Masterclass by John Maynard Smith

Predicting Personality
Is our personality genetically determined?

Forever Young
How long can we expect to live given current advances in science? Is long life something we should aspire to?

The Origin of Life - John Maynard Smith, Sussex University

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