Information in the Biosphere: Biological and Digital Worlds.

  title={Information in the Biosphere: Biological and Digital Worlds.},
  author={Michael R. Gillings and Martin Hilbert and Darrell J. Kemp},
  journal={Trends in ecology \& evolution},
  volume={31 3},

Steps toward cell-like systems: spatio-temporal control of shared molecular resources for cell-free gene expression

This dissertation investigates how gene expression bursting and variation is affected by expression resources being shared among genes and how the location of expression resources, either encapsulated or outside permeable lipid membranes, controls the level and the dynamics of cell-free gene expression.

Viral modernity? Epidemics, infodemics, and the ‘bioinformational’ paradigm

Abstract Viral modernity is a concept based upon the nature of viruses, the ancient and critical role they play in evolution and culture, and the basic application to understanding the role of

Countercurrent of Life

ABSTRACT An examination of biology through the lens of thermodynamics affirms Aristotelian and Thomistic emphases on the centrality of volitional action in the good life. Life is characterized by

Biodigital Philosophy, Technological Convergence, and New Knowledge Ecologies

New technological ability is leading postdigital science, where biology as digital information, and digital information as biology, are now dialectically interconnected. In this article we firstly

Biodigital Philosophy, Technological Convergence, and Postdigital Knowledge Ecologies

New technological ability is leading postdigital science, where biology as digital information, and digital information as biology, are now dialectically interconnected. In this article we firstly

Digital information storage on DNA in living organisms

From this study, it is found that digital information can be stored and stably transmitted on DNA within these living organisms.

Engineering the Anthropocene: Scalable social networks and resilience building in human evolutionary timescales

The Anthropocene represents the emergence of human societies as a ‘great force of nature’. To understand and engage productively with this emergent global force, it is necessary to understand its

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: a visionary in controversy

  • C. Vidal
  • Art
    History and philosophy of the life sciences
  • 2021
This note aims to introduce Teilhard de Chardin’s central article about the noosphere (The Formation of the Noosphere, 1947), but can also be read as an independent introduction to teilhard’'s system of thought.

Extraterrestrial intelligence and moral standing

We consider the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI) activities from a bioethical standpoint. In particular, we argue that there is a moral duty to search for other intelligent beings in



An Estimate of the Total DNA in the Biosphere

It is found that the information content of prokaryotes is similar to plants and animals at the present day, suggesting biosphere processing speeds exceeding yottaNOPS values (1024 Nucleotide Operations Per Second).

The evolution of information in the major transitions.

Creation of a Bacterial Cell Controlled by a Chemically Synthesized Genome

The design, synthesis, and assembly of the 1.08–mega–base pair Mycoplasma mycoides JCVI-syn1.0 genome starting from digitized genome sequence information and its transplantation into a M. capricolum recipient cell to create new cells that are controlled only by the synthetic chromosome are reported.

Inheritance systems and the evolution of new levels of individuality.

It is argued that EISs played a vital role in the transition to multicellularity and the evolution of complex ontogenies, as well as having an important effect on the development of developmental strategies which protect the multice cellular individual from disintegrating into its component parts.

Toward major evolutionary transitions theory 2.0

  • E. Szathmáry
  • Biology
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 2015
The impressive body of work on the major evolutionary transitions in the last 20 y calls for a reconstruction of the theory although a 2D account (evolution of informational systems and transitions

DNA technology and evolution of the Central Dogma.

Evolution of the mutation rate.

  • M. Lynch
  • Biology
    Trends in genetics : TIG
  • 2010

Biocode: The New Age of Genomics

Biocode tells the story of a new age of scientific discovery: the growing global effort to read and map the biocode, and what that might mean for the future.

Total Synthesis of a Functional Designer Eukaryotic Chromosome

The complete design and synthesis of synIII establishes S. cerevisiae as the basis for designer eukaryotic genome biology, and includes TAG/TAA stop-codon replacements, deletion of subtelomeric regions, introns, transfer RNAs, transposons, and silent mating loci as well as insertion of loxPsym sites to enable genome scrambling.

A guided tour of large genome size in animals: what we know and where we are heading

This paper explores the connections between organismal phenotype, physiology, and ecology to genome size and some of the molecular mechanisms of genome shrinkage and expansion obtained through comparative studies of species with full genome sequences and how this may apply to species with large genomes.