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Ingenious GenesHow Gene Regulation Networks Evolve to Control Development$
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Roger Sansom

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262195812

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262195812.001.0001

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Why Gene Regulation Networks Are the Controllers of Development

Why Gene Regulation Networks Are the Controllers of Development

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(p.96) (p.97) 5 Why Gene Regulation Networks Are the Controllers of Development
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Ingenious Genes
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Roger Sansom

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262195812.003.0005

This chapter discusses the different types of systems that fall under different types of control, with the aim of understanding the control which is exhibited in development. It identifies a new extrinsic concept, design-control, and suggests that gene regulation networks are the controllers of development, an argument which will rely on the empirical fact that gene regulation networks are highly adaptive evolved systems. In the previous chapter, an explanation for the adaptivity and evolvability of gene regulation networks that rested on the connectionist framework was provided. Thus, it is argued here that the connectionist framework for gene regulation networks explains why gene regulation networks are the controllers of development, and why understanding gene regulation networks is crucial to understanding development.

Keywords:   control, design-control, extrinsic concept, gene regulation networks, controllers of development

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