Molecular mechanisms of cooperation

Opinion: Cooperating to Study Cooperation

Physicists and biologists are working together to understand cooperation at all levels of life, from the cohesion of molecules to interspecies interactions.

By David Smith | February 20, 2013

Excerpt: “…still other researchers are looking at cooperation at the sub-cellular level, investigating how proteins and nucleic acids interact to form complex structures.”

My comment: In recent studies, the thermodynamics of an alanine substitution for valine and downstream nutrient-dependent epigenetic effects on de novo protein biosynthesis appear to extend from natural selection for nutrients to sexual selection for physical traits linked to both thermoregulation and nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled adaptive evolution in a human population. That suggests to me that entropy has been defied by a system of ecological, social, neurogenic, and socio-cognitive niche contruction, which was required for the thermodynamically-controlled transition from physics to the biology of adaptive evolution of our socio-cognitive niche.

I don’t understand the physics but hope that someone who does will comment on the fact it appears that a short-term exception [i.e., to the second law of thermodynamics…a temporary organizing principle that permits a system to defy entropy for a short cosmic time –per LeeH] led to long term consequences manifested in adaptive evolution of multicellularity and more.  If I’m not properly addressing cause and effect, is there another model for the transition that incorporates species-wide conserved molecular mechanisms?

See also the text and comments at: Molecules assemble in water, hint at origins of life. Everything I indicated depends on the likelihood that we  are living in our “RNA World,” not a theoretical RNA world from our theoretical past. I prefer to stick to the facts of life!

About James V. Kohl 1308 Articles
James Vaughn Kohl was the first to accurately conceptualize human pheromones, and began presenting his findings to the scientific community in 1992. He continues to present to, and publish for, diverse scientific and lay audiences, while constantly monitoring the scientific presses for new information that is relevant to the development of his initial and ongoing conceptualization of human pheromones. Recently, Kohl integrated scientific evidence that pinpoints the evolved neurophysiological mechanism that links olfactory/pheromonal input to genes in hormone-secreting cells of tissue in a specific area of the brain that is primarily involved in the sensory integration of olfactory and visual input, and in the development of human sexual preferences. His award-winning 2007 article/book chapter on multisensory integration: The Mind’s Eyes: Human pheromones, neuroscience, and male sexual preferences followed an award winning 2001 publication: Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinology and ethology, which was coauthored by disinguished researchers from Vienna. Rarely do researchers win awards in multiple disciplines, but Kohl’s 2001 award was for neuroscience, and his 2007 “Reiss Theory” award was for social science. Kohl has worked as a medical laboratory scientist since 1974, and he has devoted more than twenty-five years to researching the relationship between the sense of smell and the development of human sexual preferences. Unlike many researchers who work with non-human subjects, medical laboratory scientists use the latest technology from many scientific disciplines to perform a variety of specialized diagnostic medical testing on people. James V. Kohl is certified with: * American Society for Clinical Pathology * American Medical Technologists James V. Kohl is a member of: * Society for Neuroscience * Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology * Association for Chemoreception Sciences * Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality * International Society for Human Ethology * American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science * Mensa, the international high IQ society