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Article Dans Une Revue Theory in Biosciences Année : 2013

Randomness and Multi-level Interactions in Biology


The dynamic instability of living systems and the "superposition" of different forms of randomness are viewed, in this paper, as components of the contingently changing, or even increasing, organization of life through ontogenesis or evolution. To this purpose, we first survey how classical and quantum physics define randomness differently. We then discuss why this requires, in our view, an enriched understanding of the effects of their concurrent presence in biological systems' dynamics. Biological randomness is then presented as an essential component of the heterogeneous determination and intrinsic unpredictability proper to life phenomena, due to the nesting of, and interaction between many levels of organization, but also as a key component of its structural stability. We will note as well that increasing organization, while increasing "order", induces growing disorder, not only by energy dispersal effects, but also by increasing variability and differentiation. Finally, we discuss the cooperation between diverse components in biological networks; this cooperation implies the presence of constraints due to the particular nature of bioentanglement and bio-resonance, two notions to be reviewed and defined in the paper.
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Marcello Buiatti, Giuseppe Longo. Randomness and Multi-level Interactions in Biology. Theory in Biosciences, 2013, 132 (3), pp.139-158. ⟨10.1007/s12064-013-0179-2⟩. ⟨hal-03319793⟩
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