Biological Systems: Complexity and Artificial Life

Biological Systems: Complexity and Artificial Life

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The exponential increase in computing power in the late twentieth century has allowed researchers to gather, process and analyze large volumes of information and construct rational paradigms of ...
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Biochemical Networks

Pp. 170-183 (14)

Jacques Ricard

Abstract

Any set of connected enzyme reactions constitute a network. Contrary to most networks studied so far (for instance networks of social connections) metabolic networks are open structures with an input and an output of matter. As such they possess some properties that are unique when compared to closed networks.

Keywords:

Node degree, Random graph, Diameter of a graph, Closed network, Open network, Meta-network, Conditional probabilities of binding for a network, Information consumed, or produced, by a node, Open character of a network and probabilities of occurrence of its nodes, Thermodynamic constraints upon running from a node to another one.

Affiliation:

Honorary Director of the Jacques Monod Institute CNRS, Paris cedex 5, France