Systems Biology and Consciousness

Organism as a term has a much broader community-based or systemic meaning than the significance given by traditional perspectives based on the idea that each organism has its own separate, vertically inherited genome [1]. The biological concept looks for integrative cognitive networks, cellular functions for self-modification as well as environment as the totality of living organisms and Nature. The emphasis is systemic rather than atomistic and information-based rather than stochastic [2]. Contributors are invited to submit their views and papers to discuss this topic from various perspectives of genetics, developmental biology, systems biology etc.

References:

[1] Shapiro, J.A., Evolution: A View from the 21st Century, FT Press Science, NJ, USA, (2011).

[2] Queller, D.C., Strassmann, J.E. Beyond society: the evolution of organismality, Philos Trans. R. Soc. Lond. B Biol. Sci., Vol. 364, 3143-55, (2009).



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