The Atom of Evolution
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- The Atom of Evolution
- Bhak, Jong Hwa; Bolser, Dan; Park, Daeui; Cho, Yoobok; Yoon, Kiesuk; Lee, Semin; Gong, SungSam; Jang, Insoo; Park, Changbum; Huston, Maryana; Choi, Hwanho
- interactome; comparative interactomics; network biology; interfaceome; biological information objects
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- GENOMICS & INFORMATICS, v.2, no.4, pp.167 - 173
- The main mechanism of evolution is that biological entities change, are selected, and reproduce. We propose a different concept in terms of the main agent or atom of evolution: in the biological world, not an individual object, but its interactive network is the fundamental unit of evolution. The interaction network is composed of interaction pairs of information objects that have order information. This indicates a paradigm shift from 3D biological objects to an abstract network of information entities as the primary agent of evolution. It forces us to change our views about how organisms evolve and therefore the methods we use to analyze evolution.
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