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Volume 6 (2006), Pages 1132-1138
Review Article

Human development IV: The Living Cell has Information-Directed Self-Organisation

1Quality of Life Research Center, Teglgårdstræde 4-8, DK-1452 Copenhagen K, Denmark
2Research Clinic for Holistic Medicine, Copenhagen, Denmark
3Nordic School of Holistic Medicine, Copenhagen, Denmark
4Scandinavian Foundation for Holistic Medicine, Sandvika, Norway
5Interuniversity College, Graz, Austria
6Vejlby Lokalcenter, Vejlby, Denmark
7National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Jerusalem, Israel
8Center for Disability and Human Development, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel
9Office of the Medical Director, Division for Mental Retardation Ministry of Social Affairs, Jerusalem, Israel

Received 19 January 2006; Revised 15 July 2006; Accepted 16 July 2006

Academic Editor: Hatim A. Omar

Copyright © 2006 Søren Ventegodt et al.


In this paper, restricted to describe the ontogenesis of the cell, we discuss the processing of DNA through RNA to proteins and argue that this process is not able to transfer the information necessary to organize the proteins in the cell, but only to transfer the information necessary to form the shape of the proteins. We shortly describe the structure of the information carrying field recruited by the cells that we think is responsible for building the organelles and other cellular structures. We use the cells superior control of its cytoskeleton as an example of how the cell is using an informational field giving the positional information guiding all the local chemical processes behind the cell movement. We describe the information-directed self-organization in cells and argue that this can explain the ontogenesis of the cell. We also suggest the existence of an undiscovered phenomenon behind the information transmitting cell interactions. We conclude that during evolution the cell has developed into an information-guided self-organizing structure. The mystery we want to solve is: what is the mechanical cause and nature of biological information?