Inspired by genetics, chemistry finally takes hold of its own code
Monday, 20 August, 2012 Leave a comment
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.”