Towards a Theory of Life

  • Andrés Moya
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9504)


In this paper, I set out the contributions made by some European biologists, as well as other more heterodox ones, to the recent development of theoretical thinking in biology. Theoretical biology is a relatively new discipline when compared with theoretical physics, in part because the formal languages of logic and computing which it uses have only emerged recently. Finally, I suggest that in order to build a theory of life we need to combine a cell theory based on a proper description of the laws that map the genotype in the phenotype and vice versa with the laws of evolution. Only then will we be able to properly explain the transformation and complexity of living things.


Cellular Automaton Biological Entity Theoretical Biology Modern Biology Modern Logic 
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This paper has been supported by the European Union’s ST-FLOW and SYMBIOMICS projects, the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness’s SAF2012-31187 project and the Regional Government of Valencia’s Prometeo II/2014/065 project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Unidad Mixta de Investigación en Genómica y Salud de la Fundación para el Fomento de la Investigación Sanitaria y Biomédica de la Comunidad Valenciana (FISABIO), Instituto Cavanilles de Biodiversidad y Biología EvolutivaUniversitat de ValènciaValenciaSpain
  2. 2.CIBER en Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP)MadridSpain

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