The bulletin of mathematical biophysics

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 109–113 | Cite as

Biological epimorphism, adequate design, and the problem of regeneration

  • N. Rashevsky


It is pointed out that the property of an organism of regenerating certain lost parts is a subproperty of the general property of reproduction. The principle of adequate design imposes an upper limit upon the total number of subproperties which an organism can possess. Therefore with increasing complexity of an organism in some direction, which by definition is the same as an increase of the total number of subproperties, the number of subproperties needed for regeneration must decrease.


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  • N. Rashevsky
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  1. 1.Committee on Mathematical BiologyThe University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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