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Nuño de la Rosa Laura | Junior Fellow
2008-01-01 - 2008-12-31 | Research area: EvoDevo
The Problem of Form in Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology, and EvoDevo
In my PhD thesis project I investigate from a philosophical point of view the concept of form in contemporary biology. Within this framework, during my three months stance in the KLI my goal is to discuss and elaborate the chapters of my thesis dedicated to the issue of Form in three biological areas: molecular biology, developmental biology and evolutionary developmental biology: The Nature of Form - The nature of individual forms: statical and dynamical forms, Pattern and Process - The nature of the morphospace: sequence-morphologies asymmetry, macromolecular and taxonomical types. - Morphological wholes and morphological parts: modularity and homology. The Generation of Form - The generation of individual forms: macromolecular folding and epigenetic systems - The generation of taxonomical forms: evolutionary questions: developmental constraints, variability, evolvability, novelty, discrete change.