The mathemtical theory of information applied to biological systems at
every level from genetics up to the Gaia hypothesis of global
Information in Molecular Biology:
Many applications of functional information concept can be found in
molecular biology, from information storage in nucleic acids,
translation and control in genetic networks and transcription machinery
and the molecular-scale structuring of cellular components, itself
storing and processing information. (Image credit: The crystal
structure of an RNA molecule bound to a protein. Proteins are essential
for many cellular functions in living organisms, and the assumed
complexity behind their evolution has long puzzled scientists.
Image: Signalling molecule. John Nelson
deeper understanding of
From the philosophy of information and function, we derive a deeper
understanding of functional information and 'meaning' as it applies to
Image (COBE Background Radiation, NASA)
Here we consider the thermodynamic interpretaton of information
dynamics and of course include considerations of entropy and its
Image Credit: NASA (Star formation )
Here we consider the implications of complexity and its emergent
phenomenal for life and the way it functions.
Image: 'early life 1' by John Nelson & Keith Farnsworth
What light do these concepts and discoveries shed on the origin of
Image Credit: NASA
We deal with life at all scales, from molecules to the global
ecosystem. A key feature of this is the diversity of living forms and
functions and the role they play in generating emergent functions at
each higher level of organisation.
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Putting it all together to form a new synthesis
for biology, based on an information interpretation of life.
Image: 'early life 2' by John Nelson & Keith Farnsworth