By growth in size and complexity (i.e., changing from more probable to less probable states), plants and animals appear to defy the second law of thermodynamics. The usual explanation describes the input of nutrient and sunlight energy into open thermodynamic systems. However, energy input alone does not address the ability to organize and create complex structures or explain life cycles – in particular, growth regulation and dying in the presence of adequate nutrients. Understanding the roles of macromolecules such as DNA, with their apparent information-processing capability, affords opportunity to understand biological order.
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Research Article| January 01 2012
Understanding the Thermodynamics of Biological Order
The American Biology Teacher (2012) 74 (1): 22–24.
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Jacob Peterson; Understanding the Thermodynamics of Biological Order. The American Biology Teacher 1 January 2012; 74 (1): 22–24. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2012.74.1.6
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