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Wetware : A Computer in Every Living Cell / Dennis Bray.

Author/Creator:
Bray, Dennis author., Author,
Publication:
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2009]
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Book
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De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Cell interaction.
Computational biology.
Cytology.
Molecular biology.
Language:
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
How does a single-cell creature, such as an amoeba, lead such a sophisticated life? How does it hunt living prey, respond to lights, sounds, and smells, and display complex sequences of movements without the benefit of a nervous system? This book offers a startling and original answer.In clear, jargon-free language, Dennis Bray taps the findings of the new discipline of systems biology to show that the internal chemistry of living cells is a form of computation. Cells are built out of molecular circuits that perform logical operations, as electronic devices do, but with unique properties. Bray argues that the computational juice of cells provides the basis of all the distinctive properties of living systems: it allows organisms to embody in their internal structure an image of the world, and this accounts for their adaptability, responsiveness, and intelligence.In Wetware, Bray offers imaginative, wide-ranging and perceptive critiques of robotics and complexity theory, as well as many entertaining and telling anecdotes. For the general reader, the practicing scientist, and all others with an interest in the nature of life, the book is an exciting portal to some of biology's latest discoveries and ideas.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Preface
One. Clever Cells
Two. Simulated Life
Three. Protein Switches
Four. Protein Signals
Five. Cell Wiring
Six. Neural Nets
Seven. Cell Awareness
Eight. Molecular Morphing
Nine. Cells Together
Ten. Genetic Circuits
Eleven. Robots
Twelve. The Juice
Thirteen. Amoeba Redux
Glossary
Sources and Further Reading
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780300155440
OCLC:
808346519
Publisher Number:
10.12987/9780300155440 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.