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Has the Leopard Changed Its Spots? Is a New Biology Emerging?

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Biology has been mermerised by genes throughout the 20th Century, culminating in the genome projects that promised to reveal all the secrets of organisms and their evolution. However, despite the insights gained from this approach, the developmental process whereby organisms make themselves as coherent, functional, adaptive wholes is still not understood. The realisation that genetic information is not the secret of life is leading us to recognise deeper, more subtle organising principles that underlie the molecular complexity of living processes and result in the coherent emergent wholes that we call organisms. This involves a basic rethinking of the way biological components interact and self-organise into networks that generate meaningful form, leading us toward a new biology.

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