We have suggested that while there are some clear and straightforward benefits of genetic reproduction, there may also be additional, and more subtle benefits. Among these may be the extra evolutionary potential that might be opened up if the genotype to phenotype mapping is itself evolvable. This is particularly relevant to the design of artificial evolutionary systems (where the other advantages of genetic reproduction need not apply); but it may also have some significance for natural, biological, evolution, not least in understanding the evolutionary emergence of genetic reproduction in the first place.

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