The genetic code as special case of a formal model of molecular codes

Dennis Görlich [1], Peter Dittrich [2]

  1. Institute of Biostatistics and Clinical Research, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Münster, Germany
  2. Biosystems analysis group, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Jena, Germany

Molecular codes can be defined based on models of biochemical systems, e.g. chemical reaction networks. Recently, we proposed such a formal model of molecular codes [1,2].

In this talk I will show that genetic coding is a special case of molecular coding according to this definition. Furthermore I will discuss how the results of the analysis of molecular coding translates to genetic coding, e.g. the relationship of genetic coding to other molecular codes mediated by code nesting and code linkage.

  1. Görlich, D., Dittrich, P. “Identifying molecular organic codes in reaction networks” (2011) Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 5777 LNAI (PART 1), pp. 305-312.
  2. Görlich, D., Dittrich, P. “Molecular Codes in Biological and Chemical Reaction Networks” (2013) PLoS ONE, 8 (1), art. no. e54694