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An Outline of Informational GeneticsIdentification of Genomic Error-Correcting Codes, and other Open Problems

An Outline of Informational Genetics: Identification of Genomic Error-Correcting Codes, and other... CHAP TER 12 Identification of Genomic Error-Correcting Codes, and other Open Problems 12.1 NECESSITY OF IDENTIFYING GENOMIC CODES 12.1.1 AN UNUSUAL APPROACH Up until now, we asserted that (1) a genomic error-correcting code exists, (2) assumes the form of a nested system, (3) the components of which are soft codes. Statements (1) and (2), referred to above as our main and subsidiary hypotheses, express necessary conditions. Their necessity is of mathematical character, hence absolute: the relevance of information theory to literal communication is no more questionable than that of arithmetic or Euclidean geometry in practical situations. We saw in Ch. 11 that many actual basic features of the living world can be interpreted as mere consequences of these statements. Statement (3) is not that necessary. It is just a plausible guess about what genomic error- correcting codes could look like. We saw in Ch. 10 that many potential soft codes a priori arise from biological constraints, and moreover that they assume the form of a nested system as described in Ch. 9. The following question, however, remains unanswered: How are such constraints actually used in order to perform genome regeneration? The answer would need experimentally identifying the biological regeneration http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

An Outline of Informational GeneticsIdentification of Genomic Error-Correcting Codes, and other Open Problems

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2008
ISBN
978-3-031-00501-5
Pages
165 –169
DOI
10.1007/978-3-031-01629-5_12
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CHAP TER 12 Identification of Genomic Error-Correcting Codes, and other Open Problems 12.1 NECESSITY OF IDENTIFYING GENOMIC CODES 12.1.1 AN UNUSUAL APPROACH Up until now, we asserted that (1) a genomic error-correcting code exists, (2) assumes the form of a nested system, (3) the components of which are soft codes. Statements (1) and (2), referred to above as our main and subsidiary hypotheses, express necessary conditions. Their necessity is of mathematical character, hence absolute: the relevance of information theory to literal communication is no more questionable than that of arithmetic or Euclidean geometry in practical situations. We saw in Ch. 11 that many actual basic features of the living world can be interpreted as mere consequences of these statements. Statement (3) is not that necessary. It is just a plausible guess about what genomic error- correcting codes could look like. We saw in Ch. 10 that many potential soft codes a priori arise from biological constraints, and moreover that they assume the form of a nested system as described in Ch. 9. The following question, however, remains unanswered: How are such constraints actually used in order to perform genome regeneration? The answer would need experimentally identifying the biological regeneration

Published: Jan 1, 2008

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