Scale-free Flow of Life: On the Biology, Economics, and Physics of the Cell
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CitationKurakin, Alexei. 2009. Scale-free flow of life: on the biology, economics, and physics of the cell. Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling 6: 6.
AbstractThe present work is intended to demonstrate that most of the paradoxes, controversies, and contradictions accumulated in molecular and cell biology over many years of research can be readily resolved if the cell and living systems in general are re-interpreted within an alternative paradigm of biological organization that is based on the concepts and empirical laws of nonequilibrium thermodynamics. In addition to resolving paradoxes and controversies, the proposed re-conceptualization of the cell and biological organization reveals hitherto unappreciated connections among many seemingly disparate phenomena and observations, and provides new and powerful insights into the universal principles governing the emergence and organizational dynamics of living systems on each and every scale of biological organizational hierarchy, from proteins and cells to economies and ecologies.
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