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Gotta Meme 'em All: Genetics and Smugleaf

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When something is popular, what do people tend to do about it? They talk about it, of course. These days it happens particularly on the internet, whose capability of providing instant communication between people separated by entire oceans is often used to share drawings of cartoon characters accompanied by lines of humorous text. Most people like to call these "internet memes".
{{bp|Pokémon}} is popular. There is no denying it; this multimedia franchise is nearing its 20th anniversary in the next couple of years and has touched the hearts of countless children and adults alike. The franchise's newest video games, {{bp|Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire}}, sold over 3 million copies worldwide in their first week, while other video games for the {{bp|Nintendo 3DS}} which are considered popular have been on the market for years and have not sold anywhere near this many copies in their entire lifespan. So "popular" is a more than accurate adjective describing Pokémon.
"Meme" is a term first coined by evolutionary biologist {{wp|Richard Dawkins}} in his 1976 book ''{{wp|The Selfish Gene}}'' to refer to how a gene might possibly acquire traits by being transferred culturally rather than through biological replication.