Biological information--new perspectives : proceedings of a symposium held May 31 through June 3, 2011 at Cornell University
- [Hackensack] New Jersey : World Scientific, 
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- xix, 563 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm.
QH426 .B58 2011
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- Marks, Robert J., II (Robert Jackson), 1950-
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Session One - Information Theory and Biology: Introductory Comments (R J Marks II)-- Biological Information - What is it? (W Gitt, R Compton and J Fernandez)-- A General Theory of Information Cost Incurred by Successful Search (W A Dembski, W Ewert, and R J Marks II)-- Pragmatic Information (J W Oller Jr)-- Limits of Chaos and Progress in Evolutionary Dynamics (W F Basener)-- Tierra: The Character of adaptation (W Ewert, W A Dembski and R J Marks II)-- Multiple Overlapping Genetic Codes Profoundly Reduce the Probability of Beneficial Mutation (G Montanez, R J Marks II, J Fernandez and J C Sanford)-- Entropy, Evolution and Open Systems (G Sewell)-- Information and Thermodynamics in Living Systems (A C McIntosh)-- Session Two - Biological Information and Genetic Theory: Introductory Comments (J C Sanford)-- Not Junk After All: Non-Protein-Coding DNA Carries Extensive Biological Information (J Wells)-- Can Purifying Natural Selection Preserve Biological Information? (P Gibson, J R Baumgardner, W H Brewer and J C Sanford)-- Selection Threshold Severely Constrains Capture Of Beneficial Mutations (J C Sanford, J R Baumgardner and W H Brewer)-- Using Numerical Simulation to Test the "Mutation-Count" Hypothesis (W H Brewer, J R Baumgardner and J C Sanford)-- Can Synergistic Epistasis Halt Mutation Accumulation? Results from Numerical Simulation (J R Baumgardner, W H Brewer and J C Sanford)-- Computational Evolution Experiments Reveal a Net Loss of Genetic Information Despite Selection (C W Nelson, and J C Sanford)-- Information Loss: Potential for Accelerating Natural Genetic Attenuation of RNA Viruses (W H Brewer, F D Smith and J C Sanford)-- DNA.EXE: A Sequence Comparison Between the Human Genome and Computer Program Code (J Seaman)-- Biocybernetics and Biosemiosis (D Johnson)-- Session Three - Theoretical Molecular Biology: Introductory Comments (M J Behe)-- An Ode to the Code: Evidence for Fine-Tuning in the Standard Codon Table (J C Macosko, J C and A M Smelser)-- A New Model of Intracellular Communication Based on Coherent, High-Frequency Vibrations in Biomolecules (Dent L)-- Getting There First: An Evolutionary Rate Advantage for Adaptive Loss-of-Function Mutations (M J Behe)-- The Membrane Code: A Carrier of Essential Biological Information That is Not Specified by DNA and is Inherited Apart from It (J Wells)-- Explaining Metabolic Innovation: Neo-Darwinism Versus Design (D Axe and A Gauger)-- Session Four - Biological Information and Self-Organizational Complexity Theory: Introductory Comments (B Gordon)-- Evolution Beyond Entailing Law: The Roles of Embodied Information and Self Organization (S Kauffman)-- Hierarchical Information Theory and the Modeling of Biological Systems (J D H Smith)-- Towards a General Biology: Emergence of Life and Information from the Perspective of Complex Systems Dynamics (B H Weber).
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- Publisher's Summary
- In the spring of 2011, a diverse group of scientists gathered at Cornell University to discuss their research into the nature and origin of biological information. This symposium brought together experts in information theory, computer science, numerical simulation, thermodynamics, evolutionary theory, whole organism biology, developmental biology, molecular biology, genetics, physics, biophysics, mathematics, and linguistics. This volume presents new research by those invited to speak at the conference. The contributors to this volume use their wide-ranging expertise in the area of biological information to bring fresh insights into the many explanatory difficulties associated with biological information. These authors raise major challenges to the conventional scientific wisdom, which attempts to explain all biological information exclusively in terms of the standard mutation/selection paradigm. Several clear themes emerged from these research papers: 1) Information is indispensable to our understanding of what life is; 2) Biological information is more than the material structures that embody it; 3) Conventional chemical and evolutionary mechanisms seem insufficient to fully explain the labyrinth of information that is life. By exploring new perspectives on biological information, this volume seeks to expand, encourage, and enrich research into the nature and origin of biological information.
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- Robert J. Marks II, Baylor University, USA, Michael J. Behe, Lehigh University, USA, William A. Dembski, Discovery Institute, USA, Bruce L. Gordon, Houston Baptist University, USA, John C. Sanford, Cornell University, USA.