Sci-Fi Quotes – Brian Stableford

“You probably remember the old joke about the chicken just being the egg’s way of making another egg. DNA has always been immortal; our chromosomes live forever, they just use organisms as a way of swapping their individual genes around. Bacteria and protozoa don’t generally bother – their cells just keep on dividing. It only needed a little genetic nudge to put the mouse chromosomes on a new track, so that they express their immortality through a series of individuals who would grow up to displace one another inside the same body, shedding the aged cells just as a growing snake periodically sloughs off it’s skin.”

From The Magic Bullet by Brian Stableford (1989)
Interzone Magazine Issue 29 (May / June 1989)

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