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Biophys Chem. 2007 Apr;127(1-2):123-8. Epub 2007 Jan 24.

Natural process--natural selection.

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Department of Physical Sciences, Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki, Finland.


Life is supported by a myriad of chemical reactions. To describe the overall process we have formulated entropy for an open system undergoing chemical reactions. The entropy formula allows us to recognize various ways for the system to move towards more probable states. These correspond to the basic processes of life i.e. proliferation, differentiation, expansion, energy intake, adaptation and maturation. We propose that the rate of entropy production by various mechanisms is the fitness criterion of natural selection. The quest for more probable states results in organization of matter in functional hierarchies.

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