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The bulletin of mathematical biophysics

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 165–171 | Cite as

A relational theory of the structural changes induced in biological systems by alterations in environment

  • Robert Rosen
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Abstract

It is shown that a wide variety of structural alterations in both the “metabolic” and “genetic” apparatus of (\(\mathfrak{M}\), ℜ)-systems can result from specific changes in the environment of such systems. A number of specific examples are investigated in order to demonstrate the scope of these alterations. Certain biological applications of this discussion are suggested, including a suggestion for a possible interpretation of the mitotic cycle.

Keywords

Relational Theory Biophysics Volume Replication Schema Mitotic Cycle Environmental Alteration 
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© University of Chicago 1961

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Rosen
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  1. 1.Committee on Mathematical BiologyThe University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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