Life: An Introduction to Complex Systems Biology (Understanding Complex Systems)
By: Kunihiko Kaneko (author)Paperback
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This book examines life not from the reductionist point of view, but rather asks the questions: what are the universal properties of living systems, and how can one construct from there a phenomenological theory of life that leads naturally to complex processes such as reproductive cellular systems, evolution and differentiation? The presentation is relatively non-technical to appeal to a broad spectrum of students and researchers.
1 Introduction -- Problems in Molecular Biology 1.1 What is Life 1.2 A Half Century of Molecular Biology 1.3 Problems of Diversity 1.4 Context Dependent Behavior 1.5 Importance of Interaction 1.6 Is a life process a computer? 1.7 Problems of Stability 1.8 System that Works under Large Fluctuations 1.9 Universal features that are not reduced to Molecules 1.10 Necessity of New Framework 2 Constructive Biology 2.1 Understanding by Construction 2.2 Examples of Constructive Approaches to Biology 2.3 How can Biological Processes be Understood? 3 Basic Concepts in Dynamical Systems and Statistical Physics for Biology 3.1 Basic Concepts in Dynamical Systems 3.2 The Role of Fluctuations 3.3 Biological Plasticity 3.4 Representation of Biological "Softness' 3.5 Coupled dynamical systems for biology 3.6 Itinerant Dynamics 4 The Origin of Hededity and Bioinformation 4.1 The Question to be Addressed: What is the Origin of Bioinformation 4.2 A Summary of the Theory: Minority Control 4.3 Model 4.4 A Summary of the Reslts: Origin of Bioinformation as Minority Control 4.5 Experiment: In Vitro Self-Replication of Chemical Networks, 4.6 Relevance to Biology 5 Origin of a Cell with Recursive Production and Evolvability 5.1 The Question to be Addressed: Origin of Recursiveness and Evolbabiliy 5.2 Logic; amplification and suppression of fluctuations 5.3 Models 5.4 Result; recursive growth and evolution of a cell 5.5 Experiment: towards Synthesis of Self-replicating Cells 5.6 Relevance to Biology 6 Universal Statistical Properties of a Cell with Recursive Production 6.1 The Question to be Addressed: universal property of a cell with recursiveness production 6.2 Logic; cascade catalytic process 6.3 Model 6.4 Universal Properties of Reaction Network 6.5 Experiment: Zipf's law and log-normal distribution 6.6 Relevance to Biology 7 Cell Differentiation and Development I 7.1 The Question to be Addressed: What Underlies the Stability of Development 7.2 A Summary of the Theory: Spontaneous Differentiation by Unstable Dynamics and Interaction 7.3 Constructive Computer Models 7.4 A Summary of the Results: Robustness of the Developmental Process 7.5 In Vitro Experiments: Differentiation of E. Coli 7.6 Relevance to Biology 8 Cell Differentiation and Development II: Stem Cells 8.1 The Question to be Addressed: What Regulates the Differentiation of Stem Cells 8.2 A Summary of the Theory: Regulation by Chaotic Dynamics and Stabilization of Plastic Dynamcis 8.3 Constructive Computer Models 8.4 Results from the Model 8.5 Stability and Irreversibility in the Development of a Cell Society 8.6 In Vitro Experiments: Construction of a System with Differenitaion by Synthetic Network in E. Coli 8.7 Relevance to Biology 9 Pattern Formation and the Origin of Positional Information 9.1 The Question to be Addressed: What is the Origin of Positional Information 9.2 A Summary of the Theory: Self-consistent Formation of Positional Information by Dynamic Differentiation 9.3 Constructive Computer Models 9.4 A Summary of the Results; Generation of Positional Information 9.5 In Vitro Experiments: Activin-controlled Tissue Generation 9.6 Relevance to Biology 10 The Evolution of Diversity 10.1 The Question to be Addressed: How does Interaction affect Sympatric Speciation 10.2 Summary of the Theory: Genetic Fixation of Interaction-induced Phenotypic Plasticity 10.3 Constructive Computer Models 10.4 A Summary of the Results: Robust S
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