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By Gernot Böhme (auth.), Professor Dr. Armin Grunwald, Dr. Dr. Mathias Gutmann, Dr. Eva M. Neumann-Held (eds.)

The query, what does it suggest to be human, is as previous as philosophy and the sciences. additionally, from the very starting of human heritage this question for human nature was once inextricably interwoven with the query for the character of nature. Anthropology during this experience was once continually followed through cosmology, and philosophical techniques locate and located their counterpart in medical examine. even though, even though you can actually essentially determine right here a standard starting place, the systematic dating among philosophical and clinical issues on human nature continues to be however doubtful. This abeyance has resulted in extensive struggles among either fields of analysis throughout the whole heritage of sciences. Thereby, the final safeguard and attractiveness of positions replaced among these, which emphasized extra "reductive" and people which stood for extra inclusive methods. other than arguing for one or the opposite facet of those choices, a 3rd manner could be noticeable within the look for the formula of a slightly integrative standpoint. If the target is this kind of multi-perspective, transdisciplinary method, then a discourse needs to be initiated, which emphasises and constructions the discourse among such varied disciplines as socio-biology, morphology, evolutionary thought, ethics, philosophy of sciences and epistemology. at the foundation of such issues the Europäische Akademie organised in spring 1999 the symposium "On Human Nature. organic techniques and Philosophical Reflections". the most result of this symposium, complemented through the techniques of invited authors, are awarded within the present quantity of the sequence "Wissenschaftsethik und Technikfolgenberteilung". The authors and the editors wish to invoke a finished and inclusive dialogue on a latest "concept of humankind", for which the result of this books could function a transdisciplinary contribution.

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3 The 'Logic' of Life The concept of the "genetic program' gives a straightforward explanation of how developmental regularities might come about. It is not the only possible explanation, but certainly the one that (in a broad range of variants) acquired the greatest popularity in the second half of the 20th century. Franc;ois Jacob, in his book of 1970, La logique du vivant, has contributed much by coining and refining this genome metaphysics. Before him, Erwin Schrödinger's Dublin lecture of 1943, What is life"!

I want to discuss one example of how the developmental function of DNA is described in current developmental genetics. In Drosophila, the first steps of spatial differentiation of the egg begins in oogenesis. This occurs within the female tly, at a stage before fertilisation has taken place. The egg, at fertilisation, contributes a di1'1'erentiated plan 01' the basic body axes: the anterior-posterior polarity and the dorso-ventral polarity. Fertilisation 10 11 12 The 'black-box' metaphor in this genetic context is owed to Neumann-Held (1997).

Base triplets are three-Ietter 'words' (ete) Cells contain a reading machinery for genetic words. The form and structure including all molecular details can be represented in the DNA 'Ianguage' as a 'blueprint' or 'plan'. e. it must 'realize' or 'implement' the plan. Because the organism is (according to the third need of the model) a process rather than a static construction, the plan must represent these dynamics as weil. The word 'program' was found to indicate precisely this: the representation of a process.

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