Replication and Reproduction

[Revised entry by John S. Wilkins and David Hull on January 31, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The one property that distinguishes biological processes from most other physical
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[Revised entry by John S. Wilkins and David Hull on January 31, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The one property that distinguishes biological processes from most other physical processes is that life is able to reproduce. How this occurs has been explained in several ways, either as an autocatalytic process or as an informational process, or both. Analogous issues arise in other domains, such as cultural evolution. The notion of replication has been proposed as the sine qua non of evolution, while reproduction...

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