Researching Creation

November 26, 2008

Information Theory / Optimality of the Genetic Code


Teleomechanist has a great post up with a literature review about the optimality of the genetic code.

The genetic code seems to be designed with the following features:

  • Error minimization in protein construction on simple genetic mutations
  • Minimizing bad effects of frameshift errors
  • Error detection/correction through parity checking
  • Ability to layer on additional codes (the original paper for this is worthwhile) to the protein sequence

Anyway, Teleomachinist lists a lot of other interesting aspects about the genetic code, but I thought these were the top ones.  I especially like the fact that the genome seems to be optimized for having additional codes layered on.  That is very interesting indeed.