TITLE

Thermodynamics and evolutionary genetics

AUTHOR(S)
M�ller, Ingo
PUB. DATE
March 2010
SOURCE
Continuum Mechanics & Thermodynamics;Mar2010, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p189
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Thermodynamics and evolutionary genetics have something in common. Thus, the randomness of mutation of cells may be likened to the random thermal fluctuations in a gas. And the probabilistic nature of entropy in statistical thermodynamics can be carried over to a population of haploid and diploid cells without any conceptual change. The energetic potential wells in which the atoms of a liquid are caught correspond to selective advantages for some phenotype over others. Thus, the eventual stable state in a population comes about as a compromise in the universal competition between entropy and energy.
ACCESSION #
48537822

 

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