Molecular switches / A. Malcolm Campbell, Christopher J. Paradise.
Contributor(s): Paradise, Christopher J [author.].Material type: BookSeries: Biology collection: Publisher: New York, [New York] (222 East 46th Street, New York, NY 10017) : Momentum Press, 2016Description: 1 online resource (56 pages) : illustrations.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781944749040.Call number: 572.8 Subject(s): Molecular biology | emergent properties | lambda phage | plaque | lysogenic | genetic switch | positive feedback loop | bistable toggle switch | allosteric modulation | negative feedback loop | random | noise | cooperativity | competitionOnline resources: Click here to access online Also available in print.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Emergent properties defined --
2. Hemoglobin uses emergent properties to carry oxygen --
3. A virus uses emergent properties to decide when to kill its host --
4. Genomes encode random cellular behaviors -- Ethical, legal, social implications: ethical considerations of synthetic biology --
Conclusion -- Glossary -- Index.
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This book introduces the concept of emergent properties, which are unexpected traits found only when two or more biological components interact. Experimental evidence of several emergent properties explains how hemoglobin can act like a high affinity oxygen carrier some times and then switch to a low affinity carrier exactly when and where it should. The second example presents how one particular virus determines whether it should stay latent within its host or whether it should kill its host and spread its progeny into the environment. The final example looks at the surprising properties that emerge as a consequence of random behaviors at the molecular level. It is unlikely that many people are aware of these unexpected behaviors that come from non-living molecules based on their structures.
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