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Epigenetics in Biological Communication

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  • Book assembles experts to outline the motifs of epigenetic regulation of cells
  • Innovative chapters on how evolution learns
  • New perspective on the importance of biocommunication in epigenetics

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Every cell, tissue, organ and organism is competent to use signs to exchange information reaching common coordinations and organisations of both single cell and group behavior. These sign-mediated interactions we term biological communication. The regulatory system that works in development, morphology, cell fate and identity, physiology, genetic instructions, immunity, memory/learning, physical and mental disease depends on epigenetic marks. The communication of cells, persistent viruses and their defectives such as mobile genetic elements and RNA networks ensures both the transport of regulatory instructions and the reprogramming of these instructions. But how are the different states of the epigenome orchestrated? The epigenetic pathways respond to various signaling cues such as DNA methylation, histone variants, histone modifications, chromatin structure, nucleosome remodeling, and epigenetic interactions. Epigenetic signals are responsible for the establishment, maintenance and reversal of transcriptional states that are fundamental for the cell's ability to memorize past events, such as changes in the external environment, socio-sphere or developmental cues. External signals trigger changes in the epigenome, allowing cells to respond dynamically. Internal signals direct activities that are necessary for body maintenance, and repairing damaged tissues and organs. With the emergence of epigenetic memory, organisms can fix historical and context dependent impressive experiences. Evolution from now on learnt to learn. Learning means organisms can avoid reproduction of always the same. This is key to adaptation. However, inheritance of acquired characteristics is only one of the many examples of the explanatory power of epigenetics. Behavioral epigenetics demonstrates the way in which environmental and social experiences produce individual differences in behaviour, cognition, personality, and mental health. This book assembles experts to outline the various motifs of all kinds of epigenetic regulation of cells throughout their lives.


Table of contents (21 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Telos-Philosophische Praxis, Buermoos, Salzburg, Austria

    Guenther Witzany

About the editor

Guenther Witzany is philosopher and developed a new philosophy of biology based on the current empirical data in all domains of cellular life, virology and RNA-biology. In a series of books he applied his theory of biocommunication to all organismic kingdoms. Theory of biocommunication is the first and only theory that integrates all living agents empiristically in a non-reductionistic and non-mechanistic way and opens a ground breaking understanding of life through analyses of sign-mediated interactions within and between cells, tissues, organs, and organisms.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Epigenetics in Biological Communication

  • Editors: Guenther Witzany

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2024

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-59285-0Published: 20 June 2024

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-59288-1Due: 21 July 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-59286-7Published: 19 June 2024

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VI, 449

  • Number of Illustrations: 37 b/w illustrations, 38 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Biological Techniques, Genetics and Genomics, Evolutionary Biology

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