Thermodynamics and evolutionary genetics

M�ller, Ingo
March 2010
Continuum Mechanics & Thermodynamics;Mar2010, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p189
Academic Journal
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.


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