From empirical patterns to theory: a formal metabolic theory of life.

@article{Sousa2008FromEP,
  title={From empirical patterns to theory: a formal metabolic theory of life.},
  author={T{\^a}nia Sousa and Tiago Domingos and Sebastiaan A. L. M. Kooijman},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={2008},
  volume={363 1502},
  pages={2453-64}
}
The diversity of life on Earth raises the question of whether it is possible to have a single theoretical description of the quantitative aspects of the organization of metabolism for all organisms. However, similarities between organisms, such as von Bertalanffy's growth curve and Kleiber's law on metabolic rate, suggest that mechanisms that control the uptake and use of metabolites are common to all organisms. These and other widespread empirical patterns in biology should be the ultimate… CONTINUE READING
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