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The Biokinetic Database

  • James L. Hargrove
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Abstract

It is almost axiomatic that time is the least appreciated dimension in biology. We can grasp at the idea that passage of time is relative, and not the same thing to a shrew as to a sloth, a mouse, or a man. This relativity of duration may be related to the rate at which electrons derived from foodstuffs are utilized in our mitochondria, such that one marker of time’s passing is irreparable oxidative damage to the genetic code in our somatic cells, a process to which we are insensible. Even admitting that time is relative, it seems that there may be evolutionary advantages to experiencing it quickly, and other advantages (and drawbacks) to perceiving the passage of time slowly. For this reason alone, the dimension should be of interest to the biologist, and all the more when one develops an interest in biological rhythms and the process of aging, however nebulous it may seem.

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Biological Rhythm Word Processor Finite Difference Equation General System Theory Word Processing Software 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • James L. Hargrove
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  1. 1.Department of Foods and NutritionUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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