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Author Zhegunov, Gennadiy.
Title The dual nature of life : interplay of the individual and the genome / Gennadiy Zhegunov ; translated from Russian by Denys Pogozhykh and Iryna Ashby ; edited by Eddie Kalmykov and Denys Pogozhykh.
Imprint Berlin ; New York : Springer, 2012.

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Author Zhegunov, Gennadiy.
Series The frontiers collection, 1612-3018
Frontiers collection.
Subject Life (Biology)
Alt Name Kalmykov, Eddie.
Pogozhykh, Denys.
Description 1 online resource : illustrations.
polychrome rdacc
Contents Part 1. The Phenomenon of Life. Essentials -- Life on Earth -- Material Basis of Life -- Origin and Development of Life -- Discreteness, Order, Organization, and Integrity -- Living Systems -- Life States -- Part 2. Living Bodies -- Carriers of Life -- A Mode and a Tool of Life -- Cells and Organisms -- Reproduction and Individual Development -- Evolution -- Homeostasis and the Maintenance of Integrity -- Ageing and Death of Individuals-- Part 3. How Life Works -- Mechanisms and Processes of Living Bodies. -- Bodies, Processes, Mechanisms and Interactions -- Strategy of Biological Catalysis -- Strategy of Copying -- Strategy of Self-Organization -- Strategy of Matter and Energy Transformation -- Cell Mechanisms -- Physiological Mechanisms -- Part 4. Mechanisms of the Invisible World of Information. -- Biological Information and Cybernetics -- Genetic Information -- Genes and Genomes -- Functional Systems of Genes -- Genetic Continuity -- Part 5. Duality of Life -- Body and Intelligence Duality -- Genomes and Their Bodies -- Bodies and Associated Phenomena.
Summary Annotation Life is a diverse and ubiquitous phenomenon on Earth, characterized by fundamental features distinguishing living bodies from nonliving material. Yet it is also so complex that it has long defied precise definition. This book from a seasoned biologist offers new insights into the nature of life by illuminating a fascinating architecture of dualities inherent in its existence and propagation. Life is connected with individual living beings, yet it is also a collective and inherently global phenomenon of the material world. It embodies a dual existence of cycles of phenotypic life, and their unseen driver an uninterrupted march of genetic information whose collective immortality is guaranteed by individual mortality. Although evolution propagates and tunes species of organisms, the beings produced can be regarded merely as tools for the survival and cloning of genomes written in an unchanging code. What are the physical versus informational bases and driving forces of life, and how do they unite as an integrated system? What does time mean for individuals, life on the global scale, and the underlying information? This accessible examination of principles and evidence shows that a network of dualities lies at the heart of biological puzzles that have engaged the human mind for millennia.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9783642303944 (electronic bk.)
3642303943 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 804847491