Thank you so much for your congratulations on the Nobel Prize. I can answer one of your points. The DNA chains in the double
helix run in opposite directions, so there is no problem chemically about joining up an inversion. However, as you point
out, an inversion made at random will usually inactivate two genes (one at each end) and this may be why they have not been
found in phages and in E. coli.
In higher organisms one possible explanation is that the DNA is not one very long chain per chromosome, but a series of discrete
DNA molecules joined by non-DNA (protein?) links. It may be that inversions only occur at these links. If so, a study of
inversions might show where the links are. I can't say I like this, but then we know so little about the structure of
The nest-building by wasps sounds rather fun. It is not unlike a problem which is still in front of us -- the order of assembly
of subunits on the (icosohedral) surface of a small virus. I am really quite surprised at Davis's results and would like
to hear more about them.