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Life is a Self-Organizing Machine Driven by the Informational Cycle of Brillouin.

Denis Michel 1, *
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1 Trec - Transcription, environnement et cancer
Irset - Institut de recherche en santé, environnement et travail
Abstract : Acquiring information is indisputably energy-consuming and conversely, the availability of information permits greater efficiency. Strangely, the scientific community long remained reluctant to establish a physical equivalence between the abstract notion of information and sensible thermodynamics. However, certain physicists such as Szilard and Brillouin proposed: (i) to give to information the status of a genuine thermodynamic entity (k B T ln2 joules/bit) and (ii) to link the capacity of storing information inferred from correlated systems, to that of indefinitely increasing organization. This positive feedback coupled to the self-templating molecular potential could provide a universal basis for the spontaneous rise of highly organized structures, typified by the emergence of life from a prebiotic chemical soup. Once established, this mechanism ensures the longevity and robustness of life envisioned as a general system, by allowing it to accumulate and optimize microstate-reducing recipes, thereby giving rise to strong nonlinearity, decisional capacity and multistability. Mechanisms possibly involved in priming this cycle are proposed.
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Denis Michel. Life is a Self-Organizing Machine Driven by the Informational Cycle of Brillouin.. Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres, Springer Verlag, 2013, 43 (2), pp.137-150. ⟨10.1007/s11084-013-9329-2⟩. ⟨inserm-00826658⟩

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