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J Biomol Struct Dyn. 2011 Oct;29(2):259-66.

Vocabulary of definitions of life suggests a definition.

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Genome Diversity Center, Institute of Evolution, University of Haifa, Mount Carmel, Haifa 31905, Israel. trifonov@research.haifa.ac.il

Abstract

Analysis of the vocabulary of 123 tabulated definitions of life reveals nine groups of defining terms (definientia) of which the groups (self-)reproduction and evolution (variation) appear as the minimal set for a concise and inclusive definition: Life is self-reproduction with variations.

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PMID:
21875147
DOI:
10.1080/073911011010524992
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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