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Order in stress - Lessons from the inanimate world

Kachroo, Aashiq Hussain (2004) Order in stress - Lessons from the inanimate world. In: Journal of Biosciences, 29 (4). pp. 369-372.

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Abstract

Life can be considered as an outcome of complex molecular processes which result in the existence of a thermodynamically ordered, far from equilibrium state. The maintenance of this order in living systems is energy-dependent and follows the basic laws of physics and chemistry. However, at times of stress, when the energy pool of a cell goes down, maintaining dynamic order becomes difficult. In such a situation, how can the equilibrium imposed by the second law of thermodynamics be avoided? Can there be order in stress (Minsky et al 2002)?

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Reproduction, Development & Genetics (formed by the merger of DBGL and CRBME)
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2005
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:19
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/3535

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