Bringing DNA to life

Here’s a great description of how DNA works from this blog post by Matt Ridley:

There are close parallels between DNA and a language like English. Just as evolution uses the same 22,000 genes in a different order to make a rhinoceros or a rabbit, so Shakespeare used many of the same 18,000 words in each of his plays. The 10 most common words in “Othello” and “King Lear” are the same (I, and, the, to, you, of, my, that, a, in), yet the plays are very different.