Coverart for item
The Resource Code biology : a new science of life, Marcello Barbieri

Code biology : a new science of life, Marcello Barbieri

Label
Code biology : a new science of life
Title
Code biology
Title remainder
a new science of life
Statement of responsibility
Marcello Barbieri
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The genetic code appeared on Earth at the origin of life, and the codes of culture arrived almost four billion years later. For a long time it has been assumed that these are the only codes that exist in Nature, and if that were true we would have to conclude that codes are extraordinary exceptions that appeared only at the beginning and at the end of the history of life. In reality, various other organic codes have been discovered in the past few decades and it is likely that more will come to light in the future. The existence of many organic codes in Nature is therefore an experimental fact, but also more than that. It is one of those facts that have extraordinary implications. In this book it is shown that the genetic code was a precondition for the origin of the first cells, the signal transduction codes divided the first cells into three primary kingdoms (Archaea, Bacteria and Eukarya), the splicing codes were instrumental to the origin of the eukaryotic nucleus, the histone code provided a new regulation system in eukaryotic genomes, and the cytoskeleton codes allowed the Eukarya to perform internal movements, including those of mitosis and meiosis. It is shown, furthermore, that organic codes had a key role in multicellular life, in particular in the origin of animals, the origin of mind and the origin of language. The great events of macroevolution, in other words, were associated with the appearance of new organic codes, and we can easily understand why. The reason is that a new code brings into existence something that has never existed before because it creates arbitrary associations, relationships that are not determined by physical necessity. Another outstanding implication is the fact that codes involve meaning and we need therefore to introduce in biology, with the standard methods of science, not only the concept of biological information but also that of biological meaning. The research on biological codes, in conclusion, is bringing to light new mechanisms in evolution and new fundamental concepts in science. This research is the field of Code Biology, the study of all codes of life, from the genetic code to the codes of culture, from the origin of life to the origin of man. -- page 4 of cover
Cataloging source
NLM
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QH331
LC item number
.B363 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Code biology : a new science of life, Marcello Barbieri
Label
Code biology : a new science of life, Marcello Barbieri
Publication
Copyright
Related Contributor
Related Location
Related Agents
Related Authorities
Related Subjects
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-205) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. The Paradigms of Biology. 1. Chemistry versus information ; 2. The code paradigm ; 3. A gallery of organic codes -- Part II. Major Steps in Macroevolution. 4. Life before the cell ; 5. The first three billion years ; 6. Evolving the embryos ; 7. Brain and mind ; 8. Origins of language -- Part III. A New Science of Life. 9. Biosemiotics; 10. Code biology
http://library.link/vocab/cover_art
https://contentcafe2.btol.com/ContentCafe/Jacket.aspx?Return=1&Type=S&Value=9783319145341&userID=ebsco-test&password=ebsco-test
Dimensions
25 cm
http://library.link/vocab/discovery_link
{'f': 'http://opac.lib.rpi.edu/record=b3681789'}
Extent
xxi, 224 pages
Isbn
9783319145341
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2014959281
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
1 illustration
System control number
(OCoLC)898157801

Library Locations

    • Folsom LibraryBorrow it
      110 8th St, Troy, NY, 12180, US
      42.729766 -73.682577
Processing Feedback ...