Nonlinear Dynamics in the Binary DNA/RNA Coding Problem

  • Mladen Martinis


The concepts of chaos, nonlinearity and fractal can be applied to a number of properties of proteins. Recently, there has been a rapid accumulation of new information in this area (Elber, 1990, Weigend and Gershenfeld, 1993). However, since proteins are finite systems, although highly inhomogeneous in their structure, their fractal description can only be true in an average or statistical sense. Even if a fractal description is applicable, the question, What new insight does it provide? is sometimes necessary to answer. For proteins this answer is not always clear and straightforward. Nevertheless, deterministic chaos if detected offers a striking explanation for irregular behaviour and anomalies in the protein structure which can not be attributed to the randomness alone.


Fractal Dimension Lyapunov Exponent Chaotic System Strange Attractor Hurst Exponent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mladen Martinis
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  1. 1.Department of Physics, Theory DivisionRuđer Bošković InstituteZagrebCroatia

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