Kinetic logic

Kinetic logic

In theoretical biology, kinetic logic is a kind of temporal logic that allows one to describe tendencies in a regulatory system to evolve based on its current state, and is particularly useful in the study of biological feedback, whether homeostatic or epigenetic. In general, kinetic logic avoids continuous descriptions that use differential equations, instead preferring symbolic descriptions where the elements of the state are approximated by Boolean variables and functions.

Kinetic logic was proposed by the French biologist René Thomas.

ee also

* Boolean delay equations



*cite book|title=Kinetic logic: a Boolean approach to the analysis of complex regulatory systems|author=Thomas, René (ed.)|series=Lecture notes in Biomathematics|publisher=Springer-Verlag|volume=29|year=1979|isbn=0-387-09556-X|oclc=5447473
*cite book|title=Biological feedback|author=Thomas, René|coauthors=D'Ari, Richard|publisher=CRC Press|year=1990|isbn=0-849-36766-2|oclc=20357419


*cite journal|author=Thomas, René|title=Boolean formulization of genetic control circuits|journal=Journal of Theoretical Biology|volume=42|pages=565–583|year=1973|doi=10.1016/0022-5193(73)90247-6

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