How Adaptations Are Created By Selfish Genes

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Discussion: In this lab, I was mostly successful in confirming my hypotheses. In the first experiment, I hypothesized that if there are more children per generation, then it will increase the rate of evolution. I believed this to be true because there would be more opportunity for mutations. I chose this originally because of a statistical approach. However, after thinking about this week’s readings, it is very comparative to an argument that Dawkins made. His argument was that the more humans reproduce, the more we adapt and the more likely we are to survive (Dawkins, 2006). Adaptations are created by selfish genes wanting to survive. Therefore, the organisms that reproduce more are more likely to survive due to all of the adaptations that can create in a shorter amount of time. This can be shown in the table I have listed under experiment 1. As the number of children per generation increases, the number of generations it takes to create the target phrase, or genetic code for that adaptation, decreases. This can be shown in reverse too. This then proves my first hypothesis. My second hypothesis was also proven to be true because if you compare the data from the table under Experiment 1 to the data in the table under Experiment 2, then one can easily see that when the adaptation is simplified, then it will increase the rate of revolution, therefore, decreasing the number of generations it takes to create the target phrase/genetic code for adaptation. This can also be
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