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Decoding coding- information and DNA



Decoding coding- information and DNA



BioScience 46: 7-64



In molecular biology, there is no clear technical notion of the term information. This and associated terms, particularly coding, belong to the class of metaphors that serve only as surrogates for nonexistent technical concepts. To develop arguments in favor of this claim, the writer discusses the history of molecular biology, explains how the term information came to be introduced, and describes why, for all its initial plausibility as a useful theoretical concept, there is little to recommend its continued use today.

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DOI: 10.2307/1312971


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