Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Music of Life

What is Life? This is the question asked by Denis Noble in this very personal and at times deeply lyrical book. Nobel, a renowned physiologist and pioneer of the field of systems biology, argues that we must look beyond the reductionist gene's eye view of life to answer the question. The genome is not life itself. To understand what life is, we must make a radical switch of perception and view it at a variety of different levels, with interaction and feedback between gene, cell, organ, system, body and environment. It emerges as a process, no more and no less than the ebb and flow of activity in this intricate web of connections. This, Noble argues, is the music of life. [Noble, The Music of Life]

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