Apology accepted. And sorry for poo-pooing your HOX genes.
I feel your pain. I worked mostly on the hardware side but it was equally frustrating being asked to fix original design problems but make sure the fix is retrofitable to the installed base (military ****) i.e., fix the problem but dont change anything. And of course defending the hardware from the accusing finger pointing of you software guys.
It really is amazing how much we now know about HOX genes but also how far there is to go. As Bill Gates said, 'The genome is code just like Microsoft's OS, just way
more complex.' Or words to that effect. That’s true of even the most ancient single cell life form. Or bacteria for that matter.
Farmerman is always saying the complexity argument has been debunked but can you with a straight face say you believe that even the simpler Microsoft OS could result from a finite number of random combinations of ascii characters?
I think that was one factor that prompted the 'multiverse theory', which there is also no evidence for. But They saw the need to expand finite closer to infinity in order to give naturally occurring life a fighting chance.