Posted: Jul 24, 2017 6:45 pm
by Rumraket
Macdoc wrote:Where would that lethality show up ....

Prior to conception?

After conception??


That can't really be said without knowing the extent of the damage to ribosomal biosynthesis. Functional cells could probably persist and divide with a very low level, but they could not go on to build large multicellular organisms as these would detoriate faster than new cells could be made to replace dying cells.

So it could really be anywhere between lethal at binary fission (as in the offspring cell at cell division cannot live because it can never produce enough proteins to replace those that break down from wear and tear), to only showing up as a genetic disease that results in decreased healing and growth abilities in developing and maturing multicellular organisms.