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The Principle of Continuous Biological Information Flow as the Fundamental Foundation for the Biological Sciences. Implications for Ageing Research

Version 1 : Received: 20 December 2020 / Approved: 21 December 2020 / Online: 21 December 2020 (11:12:31 CET)
Version 2 : Received: 25 March 2021 / Approved: 25 March 2021 / Online: 25 March 2021 (15:14:06 CET)

How to cite: Marsellach, X. The Principle of Continuous Biological Information Flow as the Fundamental Foundation for the Biological Sciences. Implications for Ageing Research. Preprints 2020, 2020120506 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202012.0506.v1). Marsellach, X. The Principle of Continuous Biological Information Flow as the Fundamental Foundation for the Biological Sciences. Implications for Ageing Research. Preprints 2020, 2020120506 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202012.0506.v1).

Abstract

The current state of biological knowledge contains an unresolved paradox: life as a continuity in the face of the phenomena of ageing. In this manuscript I propose a theoretical framework that offers a solution for this apparent contradiction. The framework proposed is based on a rethinking of what ageing is at a molecular level, as well as on a rethinking of the mechanisms in charge of the flow of information from one generation to the following ones. I propose an information-based conception of ageing instead of the widely accepted damage-based conception of ageing and propose a full recovery of the chromosome theory of inheritance to describe the intergenerational flow of information. Altogether the proposed framework allows a precise and unique definition of what life is: a continuous flow of biological information. The proposed framework also implies that ageing is merely a consequence of the way in which epigenetically-coded phenotypic characteristics are passed from one generation to the next ones.

Subject Areas

Ageing; Epigenetics

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