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Biological Dynamics & Information Flow

Living systems use interacting networks to accomplish functional tasks, all in the service of survival and reproduction. Networks exist at all levels of the biological hierarchy, from intracellular ones involving interacting molecules, from organisms with coordinated cellular behavior, to ecosystems with competing and cooperating species. Unlike abiotic systems, these networks have evolved to be functional, and hence are constantly evaluating external information as well as their own status in order to ``decide" how to proceed. CTBP aims at establishing new paradigms as to how these systems are organized in a modular fashion, so as to function effectively in a noisy environment and with thereby accomplish desired tasks. Also, we are interested in how these modules can evolve under Darwinian selection.