Molecular Mechanisms of Autonomy in Biological Systems; Relativity of Code, Energy, and Mass
provides a novel molecular description for self-organization and autonomy in biological systems
Shows how this new approach can impact stem cell & regenerative medicine and cancer research
Authored information is provided in one cohesive voice and presentation.
Dr. Karimi’s work in the field of biomanufacturing relates to her in depth knowledge of photosynthesis and draws inspiration from this abundant, yet complex natural process. The nature inspired approach to biotechnology which she has developed has provided the industry with a new perspective on sources of renewable energy. In fact, she has written a book detailing the more theoretical aspects of the science behind her CO₂ utilization technology.
Until now, our understanding of the natural sciences has been limited to the relativity of energy and mass. In her book, Molecular Mechanisms of Autonomy in Biological Systems, Dr. Tara Karimi proposes the addition of a third dimension to matter: code. She defines code as embedded information in molecules. Much like binary coding in computing systems, living organisms also possess a form of endogenous programming which can be used to connect the dots between biology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics.
Dr. Karimi’s multidisciplinary approach to the natural sciences is refreshing and makes her book a very informative and captivating read. It has content that will appeal to those interested in any branch of science from physics to ecology. She has discovered an intersection of all scientific disciplines that has the potential to transform our understanding of life on earth and its origins.
The fourth chapter discusses the property of self-fueling in biological systems, using photosynthesis as the primary example and proposes that the study of this biological process has the potential to lead us into a more sustainable and greener future. Photosynthesis provides a model which illustrates the circulation of code, energy, and mass among living and non-living systems on our planet; living systems being plants and animals and the non-living systems being the sun and our planetary environment. During the process of photosynthesis, plants convert light energy from the sun and carbon dioxide into biomass through a specific and highly complex series of coded molecular interactions. Dr. Karimi elaborates on this stating, “Photosynthesis is a natural process by which solar energy converts to chemical energy through a cluster of carefully programmed photochemical reactions in photosynthetic organisms (including plants, algae, and purple bacteria). Photosynthesis provides the base energy requirements for sustaining of almost all life on earth.”