Measuring information in biological structures and processes

Jordan Genoff Genoff

Abstract


Diversity is a major feature of life.  This must also apply to the way information is carried in the living systems – there should be more than one different fundamental mechanism, other than the dogmatically adopted nucleotide sequences.
This paper presents another effort to search for such information carrying machinery at nano- and micro- scales.  Various biological structures and processes, with an appropriate taxonomy, are represented as a reduced set of mathematical objects, for which quantitative measures of information are formulated in previous work.  Experimental estimation of information content is introduced as a methodology and results are presented for specific structures and processes.

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