'This Side of Life'

I worked in high tech in the late 1970s/early 80s. Because I had studied genetics as a child, I married what I knew to tech.

The picture is a microscopic circuit from about forty years ago. See those things that look like pathways? Electrons flow through them. [This is a fairly simple circuit.]

Let’s call the pathways hardware. The hardware directs the software [so to speak] or what you would call the program.  [And this is quite a simple explanation.]

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I was a hardware person and I would loudly say,

‘YOU CAN’T RUN YOUR SOFTWARE WITHOUT MY HARDWARE.”

Because if you don’t have the proper hardware, the software can’t run.

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Let’s call biological pathways chromosomes. You know—the pathways those little electrons run around in? We’ll call how the electrons are arranged a program. The chromosome must be changed to change the program.

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[I admit I’m not sure…

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