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Project: Architecture and evolution of genetic circuits. A science-philosophical analysis of self-organization and selection in genetic and epigenetic evolution.

01-JAN-01 – 31-OCT-04

This project studies the behavior and the evolution of the genome, seen as a dynamic networksystem, and implies to analyse the impact of self-organization and selection in these processes. Especially, epigenetics and its relation to evolution is investigated via (1) a theoretical analysis of the relevant literature and (2) an e xperimental study of transgenerational gene-expression in Arabidopsis thaliana. The historical-conceptual shift from 'epigenesis' to 'epigenetics' is investigated also.