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The Organic Codes An Introduction to Semantic Biology

By: Marcello Barbieri
301 pages, Figs, tabs
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Marcello Barbieri sets out his theory that there are many more organic codes in nature than just the genetic code. He states that these codes and their organic memories can be used to explain major evolutionary steps, with major events corresponding with the appearance of new codes. These codes can also shed new light on the problems encountered in cell signalling, epigenesis, embryonic development, and the evolution of language.

1. The microscope and the cell
2. Theories of evolution
3. A new model for biology
4. Organic codes and organic memories
5. The origin of life
6. Prokaryotes and eukaryotes
7. The Cambrian explosion
8. Semantic biology
9. A brief summary


Foreword Michael Ghiselin; Dedication; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The microscope and the cell; 2. Theories of evolution; 3. A new model for biology; 4. Organic codes and organic memories; 5. The origin of life; 6. Prokaryotes and eukaryotes; 7. The Cambrian explosion; 8. Semantic biology; 9. A brief summary; Appendix I. Definitions of life; Afterword Jack Cohen; Bibliography; Index.

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Professor Barbieri is based in the Department of Morphology and Embryology at the University of Ferrara, Italy.
By: Marcello Barbieri
301 pages, Figs, tabs
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Advance praise: 'It looked so intriguing that I started reading it on the way home. Luckily for me, the bus was late! It is really fascinating.' Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 'I'm reading it almost as if it were a thriller.' Abraham Minsky, The Weizman Institute of Science '! truly stimulating ! clear and succinct, and the content genuinely novel.' Robert Aunger, University of Cambridge From the Foreword by Michael Ghiselin: 'It belongs to the mainstream of biological thought, and finds its proper place among the works of Karl Ernst von Baer, Charles Darwin, and August Weismann.' ' ! this is a recommended read for anyone from 'A' level and upwards, if only because it might well spark off some new directions for both researchers and students.' Focus
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