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Science. 1968 Jun 21;160(3834):1308-12.

Life's irreducible structure. Live mechanisms and information in DNA are boundary conditions with a sequence of boundaries above them.

Abstract

Mechanisms, whether man-made or morphological, are boundary conditions harnessing the laws of inanimate nature, being themselves irreducible to those laws. The pattern of organic bases in DNA which functions as a genetic code is a boundary condition irreducible to physics and chemistry. Further controlling principles of life may be represented as a hierarchy of boundary conditions extending, in the case of man, to consciousness and responsibility.

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