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Seminar SS 2017

Code Biology - Origin of Biological Information

Welcome to the seminar "Code Biology - Origin of Biological Information"!

When?: Tuesday 2 pm - 4 pm
Where?: CZ3, Room 227
Who: PeterDittrich et al.


In this seminar we will study the codes of life with the standard methods of science using a bioinformatics perspective.

Klick here for some information on Code Biology

Termin / Schedule

If you are interested in the seminar, please register at Fridolin or contact Peter Dittrich by email or phone. We will find an appropriate schedule then.

Potential Excursion smile

Spache / Language

  • If necessary, the seminar will be held in English. That is, by default the language will be English. However if all participants speak German the presentations should be in German as well.
  • Ausarbeitungen können in jedem Fall auf Deutsch verfasst werden.
  • Falls alle Teilnehmenden Deutsch ausreichend beherrschen, werden wir auch das Seminar auf Deutsch abhalten.
  • In jedem Fall wird die Bewertung nicht vom Beherrschen einer jeweiligen Fremdsprache abhängig gemacht.


Background (provided by P. Dittrich)

  • Code Biology and Biosemiotics
  • Information Theory
  • Semiotics

Possible Student Talks

  • What is information? (Chris Adami's perspective base on information theory)
  • What is a sign? (Semiotics, e.g. Noeth)
  • The genetic codes - mathematics structure (e.g. circular codes, ...)
  • Origin of the genetic codes
  • Organic Code (M. Barbieri, Naturwissenschaften)
  • Evolutionary transitions from a code biology perspective
  • DNA methylation codes
  • Sugar codes
  • Ecological Codes
  • Bird's song - structure and measurement
  • Simulation of symbol and language evolution
  • Molecular codes and contingent mappings
  • FYOT (find your own topic)
Topic revision: r2 - 2017-04-12 - RichardHenze
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