Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biosystems.2012.10.005
Title: Self-organization and entropy reduction in a living cell
Authors: Davies, P.C.W.
Rieper, E. 
Tuszynski, J.A.
Keywords: Entropy
Genetic code
Information theory
Shannon information
Thermodynamics
Issue Date: Jan-2013
Citation: Davies, P.C.W., Rieper, E., Tuszynski, J.A. (2013-01). Self-organization and entropy reduction in a living cell. BioSystems 111 (1) : 1-10. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biosystems.2012.10.005
Abstract: In this paper we discuss the entropy and information aspects of a living cell. Particular attention is paid to the information gain on assembling and maintaining a living state. Numerical estimates of the information and entropy reduction are given and discussed in the context of the cell's metabolic activity. We discuss a solution to an apparent paradox that there is less information content in DNA than in the proteins that are assembled based on the genetic code encrypted in DNA. When energy input required for protein synthesis is accounted for, the paradox is clearly resolved. Finally, differences between biological information and instruction are discussed. © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
Source Title: BioSystems
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/126318
ISSN: 03032647
DOI: 10.1016/j.biosystems.2012.10.005
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