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Innovation: an emerging focus from cells to societies


Hochberg, Michael E; Marquet, Pablo A; Boyd, Robert; Wagner, Andreas (2017). Innovation: an emerging focus from cells to societies. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences, 372(1735):0414.

Abstract

Innovations are generally unexpected, often spectacular changes in phenotypes and ecological functions. The contributions to this theme issue are the latest conceptual, theoretical and experimental developments, addressing how ecology, environment, ontogeny and evolution are central to understanding the complexity of the processes underlying innovations. Here, we set the stage by introducing and defining key terms relating to innovation and discuss their relevance to biological, cultural and technological change. Discovering how the generation and transmission of novel biological information, environmental interactions and selective evolutionary processes contribute to innovation as an ecosystem will shed light on how the dominant features across life come to be, generalize to social, cultural and technological evolution, and have applications in the health sciences and sustainability. This article is part of the theme issue ‘Process and pattern in innovations from cells to societies’.

Abstract

Innovations are generally unexpected, often spectacular changes in phenotypes and ecological functions. The contributions to this theme issue are the latest conceptual, theoretical and experimental developments, addressing how ecology, environment, ontogeny and evolution are central to understanding the complexity of the processes underlying innovations. Here, we set the stage by introducing and defining key terms relating to innovation and discuss their relevance to biological, cultural and technological change. Discovering how the generation and transmission of novel biological information, environmental interactions and selective evolutionary processes contribute to innovation as an ecosystem will shed light on how the dominant features across life come to be, generalize to social, cultural and technological evolution, and have applications in the health sciences and sustainability. This article is part of the theme issue ‘Process and pattern in innovations from cells to societies’.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Language:English
Date:23 October 2017
Deposited On:01 Mar 2018 09:58
Last Modified:19 Aug 2018 14:55
Publisher:Royal Society Publishing
ISSN:0962-8436
OA Status:Closed
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2016.0414
PubMed ID:29061887
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID9011-048952
  • : Project TitleZwischen Oekonomie und Ideologie: Arbeit im Lebenszusammen- hang von Frauen im Kanton Basel-Stadt 1870-1910
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID31003A_146137
  • : Project TitlePhenotypic innovation, robustness, and recombination in genome-scale metabolic networks
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID13DBD--106313
  • : Project TitleL'insaisissable PratiqueTravail éducatif auprès de personnes souffrant de handicap
  • : FunderH2020
  • : Grant ID739874
  • : Project TitleNoiseRobustEvo - Noise and robustness in the evolution of novel protein phenotypes

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