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The asymmetry of time and the cellular world. Is immortality possible?

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I analyze the flow of time in this article, both in gross and in microscopic processes, with a well defined arrow of time, but as the amount of energy involved in the microscopic processes is so small, it is more difficult to argue that the entropy increases, and therefore the direction of time becomes confusing and undefined at the molecular level. Therefore, is cell immortality possible?

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Aquilano, R. (2011) The asymmetry of time and the cellular world. Is immortality possible?. Journal of Biophysical Chemistry, 2, 49-52. doi: 10.4236/jbpc.2011.21007.


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