Individuals are not stable things, they are fleeting

“Individuals are not stable things, they are fleeting. Chromosomes too are shuffled into oblivion, like hands of cards soon after they are dealt. But the card themselves survive shuffling. The cards are genes. The genes are not destroyed by cross-over, they merely change partners and march on. Of course they march on. That is their business. They are replicators and we are their survival machines. When we have served our purpose we are cast aside. But genes are denizens of geological time: genes are forever.”

The Selfish Gene P. 35

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