Inspired by genetics, chemistry finally takes hold of its own code

A section of DNA; the sequence of the plate-li...

A section of DNA; the sequence of the plate-like units (nucleotides) in the center carries information. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t claim to know a great deal about “organic chemistry but I do know that, in science and in business, effective transfer (flow) of information is key to the resilience of complex systems. Without the appropriate tools this “transfer” is unseen but, like the research that led to de-coding human DNA itself, once innovation affords us the opportunity to observe. Knowledge and understanding follow.

However, until such time as we can identify and monitor the exchange of information is what we now know about DNA little more than an index? THE next breakthrough surely needs to relate to the ‘unseen’ system that regulates the interactions…after that, in time, we may get to the [protein] codes within the code. Such is the fractal nature of our own biology and other complex systems.

Ontonix can aid the process and are keen to identify opportunities to demonstrate the capabilities of our technology to bring insight about complex systems…biological or otherwise.

Where the complexity arises

The specialist attributes the genetic code to this genius of nature. “It is rather simple because it is based on four foundations—adenine, cytosine, guanine, and thymine (A, C, G, and T). The double helix structure of DNA is also quite simple. The complexity arises mainly from the cell’s transfer of this information from one stage to the next.”

Lord Turner “calls it how it is” but even a Public Inquiry may not restore trust

FSA Chairman Adair Turner For a flavour of just why Lord Adair is talking in such terms this extract from the FSA report into the collapse of RBS (published late last year) should help:

“the multiple poor decisions that RBS made suggest that there are likely to have been underlying deficiencies in RBS management, governance and culture which made it prone to make poor decisions.”

Of course this is not the full extent of what went wrong at RBS – I actually don’t believe that this statement adequately covers the scandalous £12bn rights issue, “forced” by Hector Sants (former FSA CEO), aided and abetted by, such as, Goldman Sachs, UBS & Merrill Lynch  IF THIS ISN’T A SPECTAULAR FAILURE OF CORPORATE GOVERNANCE BY GOODWIN AND HIS FORMER CO-DIRECTORS I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS – but they are not the only “guilty” parties. Just the worst in UK…and that is before we learn the extent of RBS involvement in Libor rate-fixing.

So, if the original crimes weren’t enough to justify the “Public Inquiry” that Cameron and Osborne were so keen on, when they were in opposition in 2008(!), perhaps this latest scandal will change things. But I won’t hold my breath!

The fact of the matter is that, such an inquiry would have to ask far too many awkward questions implicating far too many influential firms and figures within, not only, banking but in Politics, FSA and “big four” Accountants.

So, in the meantime, it is a case of Business as Usual with banks and bankers believing themselves to be “above the law”! Content to treat customers, depositors, shareholders and Regulators with utter contempt.

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