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Biocommunication and Natural Genome Editing
2009/9/7 20:44:13 (12893 reads)

This is is the first uniform description of all key levels of communication in the organismic kingdoms of plants, fungi, animals and bacteria based on the most recent empirical data. Biocommunication occurs on three levels (A) intraorganismic, i.e. intra- and intercellular, (B) interorganismic, between the same or related species and (C) transorganismic, between organisms which are not related. The biocommunicative approach demonstrates both that cells, tissues, organs and organisms coordinate and organize by communication processes and genetic nucleotide sequence order in cellular and non-cellular genomes is structured language-like, i.e. follow combinatorial (syntactic), context-sensitive (pragmatic) and content-specific (semantic) rules. Without sign-mediated interactions no vital functions within and between organisms can be coordinated. Exactly this feature is absent in non-living matter.

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Discovering the cellular toolbox...
2009/2/16 18:35:55 (2496 reads)

T4 Bacteriophage (DNA virus) Image copyright Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.
Over the past several years, the concept of natural genetic engineering > has been advanced to encompass biochemical functions that make up the cellular toolbox for changing genome sequence composition and organization. Natural genetic engineering activities range from the introduction of point mutations by mutator polymerases to large-scale chromosome rearrangements mediated by transposable elements and non-homologous end-joining to incorporation of viral and microbial DNA into the genomes of host organisms.

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The Logos of the Bios 2
2009/2/14 13:00:00 (3528 reads)

"Glance at Witzany's little book and put it beside standard texts on semio-communication written by those who still favour mechanistic causality in exploring animal behaviour and you can see how far Biosemiotics has come" (Peter Harries-Jones, University of Toronto)

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What's going on?
2008/12/27 10:10:00 (2194 reads)

To know the “molecular syntax” (Manfred Eigen) of the genetic sequences of organisms doesn’t mean to know all “multiple protein meanings” (Gil Ast) that derive from a great variety of higher-order regulatory functions hidden in the non-protein-coding DNA. The network of higher-order regulatory functions and its important role to the key processes in DNA replication and recombination is now being recognized as a complex hierarchical pattern. This includes also the highly dynamic patterns of genome formatting as prerequisite to the great variety of epigenetic processes as demonstrated by Randy Jirtle at the Biosemiotic Congress 2006 in Salzburg.

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Paul Bains: The Primacy of Semiosis...
2008/11/9 11:15:51 (3617 reads)

Paul Bains (2006). The Primacy of Semiosis: An Ontology of Relations. (Toronto Studies in Semiotics and Communication). Toronto, Buffalo, London: University of Toronto Press. 186 pp.; ISBN 10: 0-8020-9003-6, ISBN 13:978-0-8020-9003-4.

The conditions on the surface of a planet without living organisms are determined entirely by the sun's energy and the laws of physics and chemistry, as James Lovelock showed convincingly (Margulis, 1999).
A planet with living organisms deviates considerably from this scheme. The gas composition and temperature will vary in a manner that cannot be predicted exclusively by the laws of physics and chemistry alone. Such a planet contains incompatible gas mixtures and temperatures whose relatively stable balance is actively controlled by organisms...

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