Reversal of Informational Entropy and the Acquisition of Germ-like Immortality by Somatic Cells
Affiliation: Biomedical Gerontologist & Anti-ageing Physician at ELPIs Foundation for Indefinite Lifespans, London, UK.
We live within an increasingly technological, information-laden environment for the first time in human evolution.
This subjects us (and will continue to subject us in an accelerating fashion) to an unremitting exposure to ‘meaningful
information that requires action’. Directly dependent upon this new environment are novel evolutionary pressures,
which can modify existing resource allocation mechanisms and may eventually favour the survival of somatic cells (particularly
neurons) at the expense of germ line cells.
In this theoretical paper I argue that persistent, structured information-sharing in both virtual and real domains, leads to
increased biological complexity and functionality, which reflects upon human survival characteristics. Certain biological
immortalisation mechanisms currently employed by germ cells may thus need to be downgraded in order to enable somatic
cells to manage these new energy demands placed by our modern environment. Relevant concepts from a variety of
disciplines such as the evolution of complex adaptive systems, information theory, digital hyper-connectivity, and cell
immortalisation will be reviewed. Using logical, though sometimes speculative arguments, I will attempt to describe a
new biology. A biology not driven by sex and reproduction but by information and somatic longevity.
Keywords: Cell immortalisation, complex adaptive systems, environmental enrichment, information, phase transition.
Rights & PermissionsPrintExport