On the Problem of the Origin of Biological Information

  • N. M. Chernavskaya
  • D. S. Chernavskii


The works by Oparin (1965), Fox (Fox and Dose, 1977; Fox, 1981) and their further developments (Egami, 1981; Thomas, 1970) represent a whole epoch in the study of protobiological evolution. They formulated the problem of self-formation of the material basis of life, i.e., of polypeptides, polynucleotides and their spatial organization in concervates and microspheres. The contribution made by Fox enables one to make the next step and to formulate the question of self-formation of the informational basis of the biosphere. Quastler (1964) was the first to formulate this question which then has been discussed by many investigators, including Eigen (Eigen, 1971; Eigen and Schuster, 1979), Kuhn (1972), Ebeling (Ebeling and Feistel, 1977; Feistel, 1977; Feistel et al., 1980), and the present authors (Chernayskaya and Chernayskii, 1975; Romanovskii et al., 1975; Chernayskii, 1980). The problem of the origin of biological information is to a considerable extent a theoretical one, and therefore among other methods mathematical approaches should be used. The problem is not yet solved, at least a unique and conventional view is absent. There exist only some approaches and alternative hypotheses. There are two reasons for this. First, many papers don’t formulate this question clearly and, second, the proposed theoretical solutions are often inaccessible for experimental verification.


Biological Information Theoretical Solution Informational System Unique Code Translation Apparatus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. M. Chernavskaya
    • 1
  • D. S. Chernavskii
    • 1
  1. 1.P. N. Lebedev Physical InstituteMoscow State UniversityMoscowUSSR

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