When Francis Crick and James Watson first proposed the double-helix structure of DNA, they had no idea that the term would become a trite synonym for a sport's fundamentals, usually employed within an argument resisting against any kind of change. Humans are creatures of habit, after all.
And so, as Formula 1's lawmakers and governors address the herculean task of defining 2021's new regulations, the collective careful tread through the minefield seems to be rooted in the anthropomorphisation of motorsport and refusal to 'upset F1's DNA'.
Being pedantic, it's odd to accuse a completely manufactured category in a completely manufactured sport of having DNA. But to a degree, it's right; there's some very real values in F1, shaped by years of intense competition, sporting excellence and engineering prowess. The top echelon of single-seater racing has (metaphorically, of course) become a living, breathing creature, adapting to its climate and years of technological advancement to grow - but only within its own bounds.