The Darwinian Genetic Code: An Adaptation for Adapting?

  title={The Darwinian Genetic Code: An Adaptation for Adapting?},
  author={Stephen J. Freeland},
  journal={Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines},
The genetic code is a ubiquitous interface between inert genetic information and living organisms, as such it plays a fundamental role in defining the process of evolution. There have been many attempts to identify features of the code that are themselves adaptations. So far, the strongest evidence for an adaptive code is that the assignments of amino acids (encoded objects) to codons (coding units) appear to be organized so as to minimize the change in amino acid hydrophobicity that results… CONTINUE READING