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Sustaining and Changing the Internal State

How gene expression and internal state interact

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Gene expression and its control form a large part of modern molecular biology and are directly relevant to our definition of “livingness”. By changing the genes that it expresses, a cell alters its internal state. The alteration might be trivial: a mere re-adjustment, returning the cell to a status quo that has been transiently upset. But it might be radical, a dramatic change in appearance and behaviour.

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Agutter, P.S., Wheatley, D.N. (2007). Sustaining and Changing the Internal State. In: About Life. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5418-1_8

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