Evolution and information
Michael Lachmann, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
What is a signal worth, how much information does it carry? The notions of entropy and mutual information have not made it into mainstream biology.
Instead, the value of signals is measured in more tangible currency, such as number of offspring or fitness. In this talk I will show that the notion of biological fitness, or growth rate, and measures of information are tightly linked. I will then explore the information content of the genome.
How does information enter the genome, and what benefit can it give once it is there.
The Concept of Information in Biology
John Maynard Smith
Philosophy of Science, Vol. 67, No. 2. (Jun., 2000), pp. 177-194.