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George Terzis and Robert Arp

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262201742

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262201742.001.0001

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Plasticity and Complexity in Biology: Topological Organization, Regulatory Protein Networks, and Mechanisms of Genetic Expression

Plasticity and Complexity in Biology: Topological Organization, Regulatory Protein Networks, and Mechanisms of Genetic Expression

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(p.205) 8 Plasticity and Complexity in Biology: Topological Organization, Regulatory Protein Networks, and Mechanisms of Genetic Expression
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Information and Living Systems
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Luciano Boi

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262201742.003.0009

This chapter studies a number of important aspects related to the plasticity and complexity of biological systems and their links. The relationship between the topological organization and dynamics of chromatin and chromosome, the regulatory proteins networks, and the mechanisms of genetic expression are also investigated further in the following sections. The ultimate goal is to show the need for new scientific and epistemological approaches to the life sciences. In this respect, it is argued that, in the near future, research in biology must shift drastically from a genetic and molecular approach to an epigenetic and organismal approach, particularly by studying the network of interactions among gene pathways, the formation and dynamics of chromatin structures, and how environmental conditions may affect the response and evolution of cells and living systems.

Keywords:   plasticity, complexity, biological systems, molecular approach, organismal approach, gene pathways, chromatin structures, environmental conditions

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